Acts 4:13 – Speaking Boldly

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 1:1‐53, Acts 4:1‐37, Psalm 124:1‐8, Proverbs 16:24

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 


  • Boldness (Parresia) appears 3 times in chapter 4 (see verse 29 and 31 also)
  • All three times boldness describes how the early apostles spoke of Christ
  • Verses 23-31 record a prayer for the ability to speak boldly
  • The response to the bold words of Peter and John was astonishment

Apply:  I serve in a less hostile environment, yet the need to speak boldly about the gospel is unchanged.  I will look for opportunities to speak boldly about my savior today.

What environment is God calling you to speak the gospel boldly in – church, home, work, school, community, missions, etc?


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