Acts Chapter 3
Verse of the Week
By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.
The Big Idea
The Kingdom of God was built by devotion to prayer, obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit, giving God the glory and boldly sharing the gospel.
pray when they were stopped by a man who was lame and had been since birth. This guy would come to the temple gates to beg for money everyday. The beggar asked the apostles for money however the apostles didn’t have money to give him. They could have said “We are late for prayer, and we can’t help you”. Instead we see Peter and John stop and allow themselves to be distracted to help out the lame beggar. Many times we pray for God to help other people. What if we are the answer to our own prayers?
In verse 4, Peter and John we are told that they “looked straight at him”. They did not simply pass the beggar by, but instead they clearly saw this man’s issue and had compassion on him. Both Peter and John had observed Jesus acting in a similar manner many times in the previous three years. In your prayer time, ask the Lord to help you see people the way He sees them. Also, ask yourself how God found you when you were in need of saving.
The next thing we see the apostles do is speak the name of Jesus to the beggar. Not only did they speak the name of Jesus to the beggar, we see that they took the beggar by the hand. Many times we will share the good news of the gospel to people but we don’t meet their immediate needs. James 2:16 says, If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? If possible, it is always better to connect with a person’s heart before we can connect with their head.
How much time do you spend in prayer? Have the group take out their phone, go to “settings” and click on “screen time” and then click “see all activity”. How much time is spent on their phone?
Have the group share a time when they were led by the Holy Spirit to help someone out or led to share the gospel with someone. What was the outcome?
What resources has God given you (money, time, talent)? How can you use these resources to point others to Jesus?
In Acts 2:4 Peter and John (as well as the rest of the disciples) were filled with the Spirit. In chapter 3 verses 9-25 we get to see what it looks like to be filled with the Spirit. We also get to see what it looks like when we obey the leading of the Spirit. We see an awesome miracle take place. The lame beggar was physically healed!
We also see that Peter is speaking BOLDLY to the religious people. We speak boldly about what we believe deeply about such as spouses, children, sports and even politics. Are we speaking boldly about Jesus? Are we boldly sharing the Gospel to others?
Peter asked the religious people "Why are you astonished? We did not heal this man, Jesus did! YOU (religious people) turned him over to Pilate and denied Him”. The religious people have been studying this book for their entire life, doing religious things their entire life, but missed the entire point. This book isn't about us; it's about Jesus! They missed HIM, and HE was right in front of them.
When is the last time you spoke BOLDLY for the LORD?
When have we missed Jesus? When have we been so caught up in the motions of doing the right things, that we missed being with the right person–Jesus?
In Vs 19-20 it says, "Therefore, repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,". Sin keeps us from the presence of the Lord. What sins do you need to repent of?
When was the last time you felt refreshed from being in the presence of the Lord?
Weekly Discussion Questions:
What were the key ingredients that made the early church so successful?
What was your main takeaway from this chapter?
What is our next step for this group?