“When the Going Gets Tough” Acts 4:1-31
Big idea: When the going gets tough, keep going in power.
Hardships but people being saved (1-4).
Questioned but bold about Jesus (5-12).
On message with the right tone (4 lessons)
- Walk by the Spirit
- Relate about the question at hand
- Be respectful but firm
- Be bold about bad news/good news
Silenced but still proclaiming (13-22).
Threatened but praying for boldness (23-31).
4 Christian Perspectives While the Going is Tough
- Full of Faith (24)
- Grounded in the Word (25-26)
- Trusting God’s plan (27-28)
- Going in Power (29-31)
“Prayer is not an escape from responsibilty; it is our response to God’s ability. -Warren Wiersbe
“Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men and women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.” -Phillips Brooks
“The name of Jesus Christ has not lost its power, but many of God’s people have lost their power because they have stopped praying to the Sovereign God.” Warren Wiersbe
“Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God.” Anonymous