Once Broken But Now Beautifully Blessed
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
February 3, 2014
Central Passage
Acts 3:1-10
Subject
First Sunday Service
Description

Commentary from the Life Principles Bible for 3:1-11:

"The Jews observed three times of prayer - morning ((am), afternoon (3pm) and evening (sunset).  At these times devout Jews and Gentiles who believed in God often went to the Temple to pray.  Peter and John were going to the Temple at 3pm (ninth hour).

The Beautiful Gate was an entrance to the Temple, not the city.  It was one of the favored entrances and many people passed through it on their way to worship.  The lame man was begging where he would be seen by the most people.

The lame beggar asked for money, but Peter gave him something much better - the use of his legs.  We often ask God to solve a small problem, but he wants to give us a new life and help for all our problems.  When we ask God for help, he may say, "I've got something even better for you".  Ask God for what you want, but don't be surprised when he gives you what you really need.

"In the Name of Jesus Christ" means "by the authority of Jesus Christ".  The apostles were doing this healing through the Holy Spirit's power, not their own.

In his excitement the formerly lame man began to jump and walk around.  He also praised God!  ANd then others were also awed by God's pwoer.  Don't forget to thank people who help you, but also remember to praise God for his care and protection.

Peter had an audience, and he capitalized on the opportunity to share Jesus Christ.  He clearly presented his message by telling 1) who Jesus was, 2) how the Jews had rejected him, 3) why their rejection was fatal, 4) what they needed to do to change the situation.  

Peter told the crowd they still had a choice; God still offered them the opportunity to believe and receive Jesus as their Messiah and as their Lord.  Displays of God' mercy and grace, such as the healing of this lame man, often create a teachable moment.  Pray to have courage like Peter to see these opportunities and use them to speak up from Jesus.  

 

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