Faith vs Fear Acts 4

Megan Johnston

Faith vs Fear Acts 4

Acts Chapter 4:1-22

Faith vs Fear Acts 4

Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.


Megan & Jesse Johnston

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Jesse was born and raised in Knox, Indiana and came to personally know God through an amazing experience at a Passion conference. Ever since then, he has had an intense passion to serve God, other people, and the church. After working in a special education classroom for some time, he felt God lead him to become a teacher and Campus Administrator at a faith-based, alternative high school in Knox called the Crossing.

After 3 years at the Crossing, Jesse felt that his calling had changed, and began working a different job so that he could focus more on leadership in the church. He is on the preaching team at ELC and has pastoral giftings in caring for and shepherding the body. Megan is originally from Plainfield, Indiana. She moved to North Judson in 2014 after going through a 2.5 year battle with drug addiction. She has since been through treatment, graduated college, and started working in Valparaiso, Indiana where she coordinates a program that provides services to individuals in recovery from substance abuse and addiction.

Jesse and Megan met in 2014 and after Megan completed treatment, began dating. They were married in July of 2017 and are very much looking forward to continuing their involvement on the leadership team at ELC. They have a passion and longing to see as many people as possible experience the beauty and grace of God. They hope to be used by Him to allow others to understand who He truly is and to serve Him with their lives.

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