In Acts 17 the apostle Paul is in the city of Thessalonica. When the Jews in that city learn he is there, they try to stir the people up against him. They cry to the leaders, “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also” (v. 6). The Jews had heard of Paul and what followed the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were afraid if that Gospel was allowed into their city, that the world as they knew it would be turned on its head. The Gospel proclaimed and lived out in the power of Holy Spirit, in the lives of regular people, turns the world upside down. What Christ began He continues to do through the Holy Spirit working in our lives today. We can turn the world upside down.
Pastor Logan picks up our study of Acts in chapter 4. After healing a lame man at the Temple in the name of Jesus, Peter and John are arrested and find themselves standing trial before the Sanhedrin. Rather than cower before the same men that were responsible for Jesus’s crucifixion, Peter and John proclaim that “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Their boldness originated with Jesus and was the result of the Holy Spirit working through them. The same Spirit is at work in the lives of believers today and enables us to live out our faith boldly.