There was no denying that a miracle had taken place. The lame man that most of the worshipers had walked past dozens of times over the years as they went into the temple complex for worship wasn’t lame anymore. In fact, he wasn’t just toddling around. He was “walking and leaping and praising God”!
Read it for yourself in Acts 3. Yep, A miracle. No getting around that. But HOW? How did this miracle come about? Peter explained to the astonished by-standers that this wasn’t his own doing. This was the work of the resurrected Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus is a living, involved miracle-working Messiah. (Do we live like we believe that!?)
And WHY? Why would Jesus heal this lame man? It was to get people’s attention. The miracle was a means to that end of drawing people’s attention to Jesus as the only one who could save them from their sins. The famous assertion by Peter in Acts 4:12 that “there is salvation in no one else” is a follow-up from this amazing incident.
Join Pastor Larry McCall in Acts 3 as we look at this miracle and it’s soul-grabbing message that draws our attention to Jesus as our Savior.
1. What makes it hard, at times, to think of Jesus as living and actively involved in our lives and our church? (We say that the resurrection of Jesus is a central doctrine, yet we often act as if He’s absent!)
2. How can we help remind ourselves and one another that Jesus is very much involved in our lives, often doing things that only He can do? How can we help one another to notice His involvement in our lives and our church?
3. The lame man who was the recipient of Jesus’ miracle (through Peter) in Acts 3 was so full of joy that he was “leaping” (an echo of the messianic promise of Isaiah 35:5-6, BTW). What diminishes our joy as Christians? How might our joy be stirred afresh?
4. A theological discussion: Peter asked the lame man to do the impossible (“rise up and walk”). How could Peter command this? Similarly, we call on unconverted people to do the impossible: “repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.” How can we direct people to do the impossible? Should we? Why or why not?
5. What “miracle” stories should we be telling others so as to draw attention to Jesus the Messiah?
6. In the sermon Pastor Larry taught this: “To proclaim the gospel, we must exalt the Lord Jesus, confront sinners with their guilt and the danger of judgment, and offer God’s grace to those who repent.” Evaluate common shortcomings in “gospel presentations.” How might our own presentations of the gospel need to change?