ESL for Acts 4:1-22

1.  In Acts 4:1-22, search for the ten vocabulary words listed in #2.

Acts 4:1-22 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 [the Court] 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. NIV®

2.  Read Acts 4:1-22 in your native language. Then play this quick matching game. Time yourself. Can you do it in two minutes?

_____ 1.  Disturbed                 A.  Foundation, the most important basis of something

_____ 2.  Proclaim                  B.  Discuss, talk together about something

_____ 3.  Seize                         C.  Remarkable, extraordinary

_____ 4.  Account for             D.  Bravery

_____ 5.  Reject                      E.  Explain

_____ 6.  Cornerstone            F.  Take hold of; grab

_____ 7.  Courage                   G.  Notice, observe

_____ 8.  Take note of             H.  Not accept

_____ 9.  Confer                      I.   Announce a fact

_____ 10. Notable                   J.  Upset, troubled

 (Answers are at the end.)

3.  Odd Man Out Game.   Three words in each set are synonyms (have the same meaning). The Odd Man Out has a  different meaning and does not belong to the set. Find all the words that are Odd Men Out without looking at the definitions in #2. You may use your dictionary if needed.

  1. Disturbed, worried, stymied, alarmed
  2. Proclaim, rule, declare, announce
  3. Seize, compel, grab, grasp
  4. Account for, explain, justify, add to
  5. Reject, refuse, detest, decline
  6. Cornerstone, foundation, basis, basement
  7. Courage, eagerness, bravery, boldness
  8. Take note of, observe, admire, notice
  9. Confer, consult, decide, discuss
  10. Notable, remarkable, extraordinary, acceptable

 (Answers are at the end.) 

4. Try to use the new words to fill in the blanks without looking at #2 above. However, you can look at the Bible passage in #1.

a.  Peter and John had amazing _____________ when they spoke in front of the Court.

b.  The religious leaders ________ _______ of the apostles’ wisdom and courage.

c.  The religious leaders were _____________ because the apostles said that Jesus had risen from the dead.

d.  Everyone knew that a ____________ miracle had happened when the lame beggar was healed.

e.  The religious leaders ____________ Peter and John and put them in jail overnight.

f.  The Court demanded that Peter and John ____________ ______ the miracle.

g.  An Old Testament prophecy foretold that the _______________ of everyone’s spiritual life would be rejected.

h.  Peter told the members of the Court that they had _______________ their Savior, Jesus Christ.

i.  Peter and John ____________ that people must believe in Jesus Christ in order to have salvation.

j.  The members of the Court ______________ with each other, but could not decide how to punish Peter and John because the people were praising God for the miracle.

(Answers are at the end.)

Now for a little grammar – Hooray!

It is easy to confuse a number of and the number of.

  1. A number of  means a lot of and is followed by a plural noun and verb.  For example: A number of students at our university are from China.
  2. The number of refers to an actual number. The number of  is followed by a plural noun also, but by a singular verb. For example: The number of students in my math class is twenty.
  3. Acts 4:4 says that “the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.” We could also say the number of men who believed was about five thousand.

Answers for the Matching Game: 1-J, 2-I, 3-F, 4-E, 5-H, 6-A, 7-D, 8-G, 9-B, 10-C, (If you matched the words in two minutes or less, I proclaim you a notable English speaker!)

Answers for the Odd Man Out Game: a.) stymied  b.) rule  c.) compel  d.) add to e.) detest f.) basement  g.) eagerness  h.) admire i.) decide  j.) acceptable 

Answers for the fill-in-the-blank exercise: a.)courage b.) took note  c.) disturbed  d.) notable  e. seized  f.) account for  g.) cornerstone   h.) rejected  i.) proclaimed  j.) conferred

Want to know more about Acts 4 and see how Peter became a tower of strength? Click here or on the top tab titled Explorations in Acts and look for Towers of Strength in Acts 4.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV®) are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV® Copyright © 1973,1978,1984,2011 by Bilica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


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