December 25 ~ Peter & John

­ •Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar•
Background @ Acts 2:43-47 (the believers meet together)
@ Acts 3:1
Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service.
Story @ Acts 3:1-11

•Peter Preaches in the Temple•
Background @ Acts 3:1-11 (Peter heals a crippled beggar)
@ Acts 3:12
Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd, “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness?”
Story @ Acts 3:12-26

•Peter and John Before the Council (The First Arrest)•
Background @ Acts 3:1-11 (Peter heals a crippled beggar)
@ Acts 3:12-26 (Peter preaches in the Temple)
@ Acts 4:1
While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees.
Story @ Acts 4:1-22

John Singer Sargent | 1856-1925 | American painter | Albanian Olive Pickers | 1909 | 94 x 113 cms | 37 x 44 1/2 ins | Oil on canvas | Manchester City Art Galleries | Manchester | United Kingdom Credit: WebShots – John Singer Sargent

•The Believers Pray for Courage•
Background @ Acts 3:1-11 (Peter heals a crippled beggar)
@ Acts 3:12-26 (Peter preaches in the Temple)
@ Acts 4:1-22 (Peter and John before the Council)
@ Acts 4:23
As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said.
Story @ Acts 4:23-31
Prayer @ Acts 4:24-30
Painting – Albanian Olive Pickers | John Singer Sargent

•The Believers Share Their Possessions•
Background @ Acts 2:1-13 (the HS comes)
@ Acts 2:43-47 (the believers meet together)
@ Acts 4:23-31 (the believers pray for courage)
@ Acts 32
All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.
Story @ Acts 4:32-37

•Ananias and Sapphira•
Background @ Acts 4:32-37 (the believers share their possessions)
Acts 5:1
But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property.
Story @ Acts 5:1-11

John Singer Sargent | 1856-1925 American painter | Hospital at Granada | 1912 | 52.1 x 69.9 cms | 20 1/2 x 27 1/4 ins | Oil on canvas | National Gallery of Victoria | Melbourne | Australia

•The Apostles Heal Many•
Background @ Acts 5:12
The apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon’s Colonnade.
Story @ Acts 5:12-16
Painting – Hospital at Granada | John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent |1856-1925 | American painter | Bridge of Sighs (that connects the Palace of the Doge’s and the former Venetian state prison)| circa 1904 | 25.4 x 35.6 cms | 10 x 14 ins | Watercolor on paper
The Brooklyn Museum | United States

•Peter and John Get Out of Jail (The Second Arrest)•
Background @ Acts 4:1-22 (Peter and John before the Council)
@ Acts 5:12-16 (the apostles heal many)
@ Acts 5:17-20
The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in public jail. But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!”
Story @ Acts 5:17-42 (Acts 5:17-20,22-23,25,27-42 for storying)
Painting – Bridge of Sighs (that connects the Palace of the Doge’s and the former Venetian state prison) | John Singer Sargent

~ §tacy §weeney