Bible Study Lessons: Acts 5:12-16
We could just read over it and basically understand the healing power of Peter and the Apostles within Solomon’s portico.
But, there are several life lessons from these verses. Persecution is still very much alive then and now.
We’ll also tackle the question of why people attend church.
Healing Power of Peter and the Apostles at Solomon’s Portico
At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s portico.
But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem.
And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number, to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them. – Acts 5:12-115 NASB
Fear Overrules Respect
In the first verses above the mention of Solomon’s portico is significant because Jesus Himself had taught and healed at the entrance of this temple.
The disciples had gained respect of the people but the death of Jesus was still fairly fresh in their minds, not to mention the persecution of the apostles which had just occurred.
Christian Persecution Today
In the news everyday, militant groups like ISIS and groups in countries like Africa are causing Christians to “carry the cross” by brutally murdering those who profess to believe in the Savior.
- They are killed for no other reason than their faith.
- Even in America, Christians are fighting battles for rights given them by the US constitution .
- These new fights go as far as the simple right to believe what the Bible tells us.
I’m not predicting the end times but this is all covered in the New Testament of Christ. Our faith is going to be tested more and more as governments seemingly demand “tolerance” of all religions and lifestyles except Christianity.
Yes, it’s scary to me too. Will I be willing to profess my faith as the penalty becomes greater? Will you?
Reasons for Belonging to a Christian Church
People today join churches for many different reasons.
- Services and programs such as music, children & youth trips, etc.
- The size of the building and the amount of exposure it gets in the public eye.
- The fellowship of other Christians who are of like mind.
- Pastors or prominent speakers who can draw crowds.
Am I saying these are bad things? Not at all, but all of the above makes for a good social club; not so much the body of Christ.
Why Did People of Peter’s Time Attend Church
These people came to hear leaders with character and to see God’s power at work. They were drawn to the generosity and unity of the members of the early church.
I read recently about a church who was evicted from a school campus which they had rented.
This was upsetting but I also read that the church was offered a shopping mall to hold Easter services — they refused.
“Who wants to hold church in a mall.” one person was quoted as saying.
What is Church Anyhow?
If we are to be true followers of Christ we need to understand what constitutes a church.
The church is anywhere two or more believers are gathered; whether that is a cathedral or a parking lot.
Let’s try to remember that Christ is only present in our church building when we come to worship. And, He doesn’t look around to see how great the facilities are.
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to see John 3:16.
Read Today’s Verses Here:
New American Standard Bible
New King James Version