Read Acts 3:1-10.

Read the following questions, and pick one or two to respond to in the comments below.  Or, respond to someone else’s comment with a question or comment of your own.

Will Willimon writes: “The second chapter of Acts ended with a rather cozy picture of the church gathered for teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers…Perhaps, because such chummy inversion is tempting for the church, this is why Luke [the author of Acts] immediately follows his account of life within the new body of believers in Jerusalem with an account of the infant church's confrontation with the world around it.”  What do you think?  Do you agree with Willimon?  If so, how do you see this temptation to avoid the scary outside world play out in the church today?

There are two comments that Peter makes in this story that make me curious.  One is in verse 4: “Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, 'Look at us.'”  Why do you think Peter said “Look at us”?  The second comment is the one Peter makes in verse 6: “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.”  Was this just a simple way of changing the subject, or was Peter trying to compare silver and gold to the healing that Jesus offered?

How have you seen God's healing power at work?  In miraculous ways?  In ordinary ways?

Read Acts 3:16.  What is Peter saying here about the man's healing in 3:1-10?

Questions from A Walk Thru the Life of Peter:

People all around you are hurting physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually.  How much of your reputation or your dignity would you be willing to risk to help them?  How much faith do you have that your intervention can change their lives?

Peter seized an opportunity to display the glory of Jesus.  How diligently do you look for those kinds of opportunities?  What is one act of faith you can do this week to help someone who's hurting?

 

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