In this lab, John Piper reminds us that those who happily serve a sovereign God and not human threats have one response to persecution: “Give me courage as I go back to the battlefield.”
Some questions to ask as you read and study Acts 4:23–30:
- What often makes you timid when it comes to sharing your faith? What, if anything, has helped you overcome this fear?
- Read the prayer of the disciples in Acts 4:23–30. What did they ask for? How was the prayer answered?
- Think of someone you want to share the gospel with. Pray this week for boldness and seek out the opportunity to share it.
Principles of Bible Reading
An inference is a statement that explains what is or should be based on something already said. An inference is like the top floor of a building because it always rests upon reasons that have already been given.
Statements that begin with therefore are almost always inferences. Because inferences build off of other statements, whenever you see a therefore in the Bible, ask what it is there for (or what statements it is building upon).
“I just finished cooking; therefore, go wash your hands for dinner.” The inference is that, because dinner has been cooked, hands should be washed to prepare to eat the meal.
Conjunctions (or connecting words) are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, an inference is usually identified by therefore, accordingly, or so.