I. They noticed.
Acts 3:1-5 NLT
“Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money.”
Commentary: “Peter noticed the lame beggar/evidence of the Holy Spirit’s empowering ministry. Think about the housands of people that were near the temple (Acts 4:4), but the Lord told Peter to heal a lame man lying at the Beautiful Gate.” (Paraphrase of ESV Study Bible)
– Do we take notice of others throughout our busy days, calendars, etc…
– The Holy Spirit empowers us to be witnesses, not busybodys.
II. There’s power in Jesus’ name.
Acts 3:6-8 NLT
“But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.”
Acts 3:6-7 (NIV)
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.
-We need to be careful not to rely on the social aspect of ministry and unapologetically share the Gospel. We as witnesses share the message of Jesus and then we take one another by the hand until we are strong and then sent out..
-Notice, Peter didn’t share the gospel and then leave the man to fend for himself.. nor should we as the church.
– Peter is showing us what discipleship looks like!
– We are to take the poor, hurting, lost, needy, those who need the gospel by the hand and walk with them, sometimes we even walk through dirty, muddy, and icky stuff.
– The day we become to proud to walk along side the lost is the day we’ve lost our purpose and mission as a people of God.
Leaping – Isaiah 35 NLT
“Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God. With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland.”
– The salvation that God will provide includes both spiritual well-being and physical healing and wholeness, as was first demonstrated repeatedly in Jesus’ own ministry and as will be fully realized in the resurrection bodies of God’s people when Christ returns.
Commentary: “Since the believers had pooled their resources (Acts 2:44–45), the two apostles had no money to give, but money was not what the man needed most. He needed salvation for his soul and healing for his body, and money could provide neither. Through the power of the name of Jesus, the beggar was completely healed, and he was so happy and excited that he acted like a child, leaping and praising God.” (ESV Study Bible)
– There is a place for meeting physical needs, and the Gospel/Jesus, name should be flowing from our mouths like a fountain in a dry land.
III. Missional Church.
Acts 3:9-11 NLT
All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.”
Psalm 133:1-3 NIV
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”
Questions for thought:
– Do we notice those around us enough to share the gospel & meet needs?
– Will we disciple those we share the gospel with?