December 1, 2019

We Cannot But Speak

Bible Text: Acts 4:13–22 |

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The Go Tell It on the Mountain moment will be obvious as we look at Acts 4:13-22 where Peter and John, under interrogation and threatened and warned by the religious council, say in response, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Read that again, “We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” They’re saying, what they saw and what they had experienced was so compelling that there was no way they could contain it. Despite threats and warnings and even the possibility of imprisonment, beatings, or death, they had to tell people about Jesus. Do you have that kind of uncontainable enthusiasm for the gospel? Do you have the compulsion in you? We’ll unpack it all in this message.

Sermon Notes

The Book of Acts (Chapters 1–7)
We Cannot But Speak
Pastor Todd Dugard
Acts 4:13–22

December 1, 2019

What the vocal critic of the faith needs from you, Christian, is…

• Boldness (v. 13)

boldness: a brave and confident way of behaving
that shows no fear
Cambridge Dictionary

boldness: the right and the willingness to express
one’s opinion freely
E. Schnabel

• Reasonableness (v. 14–18, 21a)

Philippians 4:5

• Clarity (v. 19–20)

Oh, my job keeps getting easier
As time keeps slipping away

I can imitate your brightest light
And make your night look just like day
I put some truth in every lie
To tickle itching ears
You know I'm drawing people just like flies
'Cause they like what they hear

I'm gaining power by the hour
They're falling by the score
You know, it's getting very simple now
'Cause no one believes in me anymore

No One Believes in Me Anymore (Satan's Boast)
by Keith Green
Keith Green:

• Christ…not you (v. 21b–22)