Monday, February 15, 2010

A Different Man

Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for the West Side Church. Please feel free to follow along.

I apologize for this not being posted earlier in the day. It was one crazy day of driving in Cincinnati with really messy roads. I hope you all were safe today.

In today’s reading (Acts 4) we see a completely different Peter than we saw in the closing chapters of the gospels. In the closing chapters of the gospels Peter was the disciple who was denying Jesus following his arrest. When questioned by people at the trial he told those who recognized him as a follower and swore that he was not a friend of Jesus. Now that same Peter is a different man

In Chapter 2 Peter stood up and delivered the first gospel message. Today, Peter is standing before the high priest as well as members of his family, and proudly and boldly proclaims to be a follower. Peter is being questioned for the healing we read about on Friday in Acts 3. Before he was a coward but today he is bold and proud to be a follower … “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.” So what happened to Peter to make him so bold?

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the answer. Luke writes “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit…” It is the leading of the Holy Spirit that allows Peter to go from a coward to a bold proclaimer of Christ. So my question for you is this, how has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit changed your life? Can you say you are a bold proclaimer of the gospel?

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