Authorities Jail Peter and John for Healing in Jesus’ Name

Authorities Jail Peter and John for Healing in Jesus’ Name

Acts 3 – 4

 POY! SKIT GUIDELINES:

  • In a small group, participants might simply read their lines, or glance at their lines to get the idea so they can speak in their own words.
  • Most POY! skits require no practice in advance.
  • Have any small children play a brief part. Most scripts have an optional part for children, listed last under Participants.
  • Most scripts have a Narrator who should read the script beforehand to see how to keep moving the story along.
  • It is not necessary to employ costumes and objects, unless the skit recommends such.
  • It is not required to have an audience watch the skit. All present may participate.
  • Scripture and paraphrases, if any, usually appear in bold.

PARTICIPANTS:

Peter (who also serves as Narrator)
John
Beggar
Priest

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.
Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

 

SCRIPT:

Peter

John, it’s time to go up to the temple to pray.

John

I am coming, Peter. I hope we don’t run into more trouble.

Beggar

Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Alms, please! I’ve been lame from birth. Please!

Peter

 

Look at us! We have neither silver nor gold. But what we have, we give you:
In the name of Jesus Christ, the Nazarene ? Stand and walk!”

Prompter &

Companions

Stand and walk! Stand and walk!

John

At once, his feet and his ankles grow strong. He stands and walks. He enters the temple with us, leaping and praising God. His friends come running, amazed at seeing him walk.

Peter

 

Why do you folks gaze at us, as if by our own power we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has glorified His servant, Jesus, the one whom you disowned when Pilate wanted to release Him. You put to death the

Prince of life, but God raised Him from death, of which we are witnesses. The name of Jesus has strengthened this man, whom you know.

Priest

Captain of the Guard! Over here! Those rebels are disturbing the people again. Against our orders, they claim that Nazarene rose from the dead.

John

They jailed us, but many who heard us believed. The next day, the high priest and others interrogate us, and the healed man comes and stands by us.

Priest

By what power have you done this healing?

Peter

Rulers of Israel, we are on trial for a benefit done to a sick man.
Let it be known that by the name of Jesus Christ, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead ? this man stands here before you in good health
.

Priest

Amazing! These men are uneducated, but they’ve been with that man Jesus.

John

The rulers debate among themselves as to what to do with us.

Priest

 

All Jerusalem now knows that a notable miracle has happened through these men. We cannot deny it, yet we can keep it from spreading further.John and Peter, you will speak no longer in the name of Jesus the Nazarene.

Peter

Is it right in the sight of God to obey you rather than God? How can we deny what we have seen and heard? We must obey God above all.

Prompter &

Companions

Obey God above all. Obey God above all!

 

John

They threaten us, but have to let us go because of the people, who are all glorifying God for what happened.

Peter

We gather with the disciples who rejoice. We pray and the room is shaken.
The Holy Spirit fills us all. We all go and boldly spread the good news.

DISCUSS:

In movements in many lands today, where thousands come to Christ, healing in Jesus’ name commonly happensalong with witnessing for Him. In the New Testament, what are some other examples of believers witnessing boldly for Jesus in the face of danger?

(Good answers: Stephen, Paul when he was arrested in Jerusalem, etc.)

Why do we who follow Jesus need the Holy Spirit’s help, in order to witness in a way that brings people to Christ?

 

 

 

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