Action Figures: What Peter Said
Dear Campbell UMC,
Over the next few weeks, we are going to take a look at some of the key figures in the book of Acts (or, “Action Figures,” if you will) who started the church. It was a relatively small group of revolutionaries, risk-takers, and radicals whose passion for the Gospel tilled the soil and planted the seeds that eventually blossomed into the church of Jesus Christ.
The first “Action Figure” we will focus on for the next worship series is none other than Peter himself, The Rock, the one known more for his actions (many of which seem so reckless) than any other apostle. Actually, we’re going to hone it down to one particular thing that Peter said; “We must obey God rather than any human authority” (Acts 5:29).
Whoa, talk about taking a risk! Peter stands there, in front of the high priest, the Temple council, and the “whole body of the elders of Israel,” and tells them flat out: he is not going to do what they are telling him to do, because God wants him to do something different.
The authorities had ordered the apostles to stop teaching people about Jesus (4:18), but they continued (4:33). After being imprisoned, then freed by angels, they are again dragged before the council to face questioning. It is then that Peter makes his revolutionary remark, a remark that makes the council so mad that they want to kill them!
How do the apostles escape this time? Tune in Sunday to find out, in the next exciting episode of “Action Figures: The Revolutionaries Who Started the Church!”
See you in church!
– Andy B.