Opportune Moments to Share the Gospel

Aim: The learner will be encouraged to share the gospel message when God provides opportunities through significant events.

In the immediate context of 3:1-10, a lame man received the ability to walk.

Part One: Peter’s Explanation of the Miracle (3:11-16)

A. He explained the power of the miracle (3:11-12)

He let them know the miracle did not happen because Peter and John       possessed this power . . . The key word  piety means godliness. The power of the miracle originated outside of Peter and John.

B. He explained the person behind the miracle (3:13-15)

The true power of this miracle was bound up in the person of Jesus Christ. He mentioned four great truths about Jesus.

First, Jesus was glorified by the Father (3:13a).

Second, Jesus was delivered over and denied by the Jewish people. (3:13b)

This was done in Pilate’s presence on the day of Christ’s crucifixion. The key word denied means to disown or disregard.

Third, Jesus, the Prince of life, was killed (3:15a)

The key word prince refers to a founder or author. Jesus is the author of life.

Fourth, Jesus was raised from the dead. (3:15b)                                          Peter stated that he and John were witnesses of the resurrected Christ. Because Jesus Lives, the power of miracles is in His hand.

C. He explained the basis of the miracle (3:16)

The basis for this miracle was faith in the name of Jesus. The key word          faith means to believe or place one’s trust in someone.

Part Two: Peter’s Exposition of the Prophets (3:17-26)

A. Prophets of O1d (3:17-21)

Peter now turns to the prophets of old in his sermon. The prophets prophesied about the suffering of Jesus (3:18). Christ fulfilled the suffering foretold.

The proper response to the prophets’ message is to converted (3:19). The result of repenting and returning marks a cause If the people will repent and return (cause), their sins will be (effect #1), times of refreshing will come (effect #2), and the Father may Jesus (effect #3). The key phrase blotted out means to wipe clean, It was never there. The key term refreshing literally refers to a cool breeze on a hot day. What could be more refreshing than knowing your sins are blotted out?

B. The Prophet like Moses (3:22-26) In Deuteronomy 18:15, a related passage that Peter quoted in 3:22, Moses prophesied that God would raise up a prophet like him. This Prophet is  none other than Jesus! Notice that Moses spoke of this prophet in comparison to himself. Just as Moses led the people of Israel, so Jesus would come to lead His people in the future. The purpose of the Father sending His Son to the people by turning them away from their wicked ways (effects).The key word turning is a repeated word from 3:19.

Hope for the Hopeless

Christian themed word on wood background

Hello Class,

This is last week’s lesson along with commentary from the Leader’s Guide. We are trying to catch up after falling behind due to Covid 19 policies. We truly miss you all. We will try to keep up on our Sunday School Lessons. I hope to post another tomorrow. Make sure and take advantage of the Worship online and Devotions from some of our men in the Church. God Bless, Stay Healthy and we hope to be back together soon.

Randy & Kelly

Aim. The learner will recognize the importance of giving praise to God Who brings hope to the helpless.

Part One: A Focus on Prayer (3:1)

Acts 3:1 (KJV)
1  Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

The Bible says it was the ninth hour, that is 3:00 PM. This is a time when Jews in Jerusalem would have gathered for prayer, the time of the evening sacrifice.

These two apostles would not have entered the Temple building proper where the priest performed their duties. They would have gone to one of the inner courtyards to pray. The word foe temple used in this passage referred to the entire temple complex. It is also important to note that Peter and John are seen together often in the early Acts narrative. These two were part of the inner circle – Peter, James, John. In the Gospels, they are with Jesus at times without the other disciples. (Matthew 17:1-13; 26:36)

Do you have a certain time of day that you devote to prayer?

According to the cultural / historical background. The Jews gathered for the morning and evening sacrifice. As they gathered together for the sacrifices, they also devoted themselves to prayer. Traditionally the Jews prayed three times a day according to Daniel 6:10.

Part Two: A Mention of a Man’s Helpless Condition (3:2)

Acts 3:2 (KJV)
2  And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

It is somewhat difficult to determine what gate this passage is referring to as there is no gate called this in literature. Some have thought this might be the Shushan gate. This would have been the entrance for those approaching the temple from the Kidron Valley. However, Peter and John were already in Jerusalem and would not likely have used that entrance. There was another massive gate called the Nicanor made of beautiful Corinthian bronze. According to Josephus, a Jewish historian living at the time, this gate was so massive that it would take at least 20 men to open and close it.

According to Jewish writings and teaching of the time, giving alms to the poor was one of the three pillars of the faith. The other two were the reading of the Torah (the Law) and worship.

Think about how helpless and destitute you were in your lost and crippled spiritual condition.

Part Three: A Miracle Brings Hope (3:3-7)

Acts 3:3-7 (KJV)
3  Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4  And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

There are four words for seeing. In 3:1-5, first,  “saw” in 3:3 – to perceive something. Second, “fastening the eyes” in 3:4a – to fix one’s gaze or stare intently. Third. “look” in 3:4b – look at something with a careful observation. Fourth, “gave heed” in 3:5 – to fix one’s attention upon something with a state of readiness expecting to receive something.

Peter commanded this man rise up walk! The authority behind Peter’s command, was the name of Jesus Christ, a repeated phrase from the immediate context of 2:38. What a glorious contrast! Peter did not have money, but he could offer the man the ability to walk. This healing miracle brought this man far more hope than a few silver coins ever would!

The same word for “immediately” is also used to describe the effect of some of Jesus’ miracles. Matthew 21:19; Luke 13:13

Peter and John witnessed miracles like this during Jesus’ ministry. This miracle is similar to the one Jesus performed when four friends brought Him the paralytic man through the roof (Luke 5:17-25). The apostle Paul also performed a similar miracle  at Lystra when another lame man was healed (Acts 14:8-11) The man that Paul healed was also lame from his mother’s womb.

Part Four: A Miracle Results in Praise (3:8-10)

Acts 3:8-10 (KJV)
8  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9  And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10  And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

The people saw this former lame man walking and praising God in the temple (3:9).

With what were the people filled?

Conclusion

When the lame man woke up on this particular day, he figured it would be the same as all other days. He would wait for those to carry him to the gate where he would beg for alms, totally dependent upon everyone to help him. He was helpless and his life felt hopeless. But then God’s servants showed up and performed a miracle in the name of Jesus Christ. Helplessness soon gave way to hope, and hope resulted in genuine praise for God. We were all spiritually lame before coming to know Christ. Like the lame man, we were helpless to do anything about our condition. But God sent His Son to give us hope, and for that we should praise God!

Apply it

  • Give praise to God for providing hope for the helpless.
  • Follow the example of Peter and John in their devotion to prayer.
  • Follow the  example of Peter and John by offering hope to people who feel hopeless. Follow the    example of the lame man by giving praise to God when He works wondrously in our lives.

The Ten Minas, (Pounds)

The term Mina is the Greek word translated as “pound” in the KJV.

Luke 19:11-27 (KJV)
11  And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
12  He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
14  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
15  And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16  Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17  And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
18  And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19  And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20  And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21  For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
22  And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
23  Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
24  And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25  (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26  For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
27  But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

Our goal is to serve the returning King, Jesus Christ the Lord, by living up to the stewardship responsibilities God gives regarding life and possessions.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday morning in the Amazing Life Class.

God bless and have a great weekend!

Why Paul Prayed

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:1-8

If you get a chance, read the Book of Colossians this week as we begin this new study. Reference your new Student Study Guide. If you did not get one Sunday please see me on Wednesday Evening and I will get you one.

What you get from this study is as much dependent on the effort you make in using your Study Guide as it is what is taught in class on Sunday.

God Bless and have a great week.

CIRCLE OF TRUST

SCRIPTURE READING

1 SAMUEL 18 – 20

Main Point

True friendship means following the example of Jesus and truly giving your whole self to the relationship.

Introduction

How has the social media world changed our perspective on friendships?

What quality do you feel is most important in a friend and why?

As we’ve all learned by now, none of our friends are perfect and we all mess up. Knowing this, what are some ways we determine whether our friends will be godly influences for us?

Twenty-five percent of Americans admit they don’t have a single close and trusted friend. That’s not what life was designed to be, and it’s definitely not how our relational God created us. As we examine the friends circle, the life of King David gives us examples of both the risks and rewards of close friendships.

We look forward to Sunday. Have a great weekend and we will see you there.

Prayer Lies

Matthew 6:5-13 (KJV)
5  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11  Give us this day our daily bread.
12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Main Point

Until we believe what God says about prayer we won’t be truly intimate with Him.

Introduction

Describe your prayer life in one word. Why did you choose that word in particular?

Most Christians would agree that prayer is essential, yet very few of us are satisfied with our experiences in prayer. Why do you think that is?

What are some of the things you must believe to be true about the character of God in order to pray rightly?

Why might Satan want to attack our belief system when it comes to prayer?

Prayer is a gift from God. It is the divinely orchestrated means by which we can commune with our loving Father. For that reason, the Bible is full of commands and instructions about prayer. Unfortunately, though, most of our prayer lives aren’t entirely based on these truths; instead, most of us have bought into some lie about the nature of prayer. Until we confront those lies, we won’t be able to be truly intimate with God in the way He desires.

Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday.

The Salvation Experience

Crown of thorns with cross shadow

Isaiah 12:1-6 (KJV)
1  And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
2  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
3  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
4  And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
5  Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
6  Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

MAIN POINT

The Experience of Salvation is much greater than an Emotional or Ritualistic expression. It is understanding our position as sinful creatures and experiencing the grace of God in our lives leading to our regeneration by that grace.

UNDERSTANDING

If you were to go on the streets of America and ask, “What is the greatest need of man?” what answers do you think you would get.

Answers would be directly related to their understanding of the immediate situation. If you went to the streets of Haiti, Vietnam, Iraq or any other country, what would the answers be?

The Salvation Experience is also linked to the person’s understanding of their sinful situation and what the result of that situation will be.

This Sunday we will look at the Salvation Experience in relation to Man’s immediate situation.

See you Sunday at 9:30am. God Bless and have a great weekend!

Everlasting God • Everlasting Kingdom

Revelation 21:1-8 (KJV)
1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Main Point

One day Jesus will make all things new and inaugurate His everlasting kingdom in the new heaven and new earth.

Introduction

Consider this.

What are some ways heaven is described in books and movies? Which one sticks out to you the most?

Is our understanding of heaven more influenced by the Bible or by the culture around us?

Why do you say so?

Most of our ideas from heaven involve wings, harps, clouds, and halos. These things have very little to do with the heaven we see in the Bible. Heaven is a radically God-centered place. It is also where all of history is headed. God is the sovereign Lord. In His nature, He is able to guide all of history to the point that He has chosen. God’s promises include a love for us that is everlasting. It is God’s love for us and His passion for His own glory that guides the world to find its fulfillment in the new heaven and earth. When Christ returns, we will see the consummation of His eternal kingdom, a place where God will make all things new and we will reign forever with Him.

Please keep our class in prayer as many are undergoing sickness and injury. We hope to see you in the morning. God bless and have a great weekend.

Bro, Randy