Monday, March 19, 2012

Mar 19: Acts 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Acts 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • When you are solicited by a beggar on your way to a meeting, how do you react? Peter and John are on their way to the three o’clock prayer meeting at the Temple when they are asked for money. The beggar was a man whose feet and ankles never developed; he was completely dependent on others. The two apostles stop, command the beggar to get up in the name of Jesus and help him to his feet. Through faith in Jesus, and Peter’s help, the beggar takes his first steps!
  • An amazed crowd quickly gathers around the three as Peter explains that Jesus healed the man. Peter explains a few things:
    • Jesus was the Holy and Righteous One of God, and the people in the crowd had disowned and killed him.
    • The crowd acted in ignorance; God accomplished his plan in spite of them.
    • Jesus was sent -- just as God's prophets had foretold -- to turn them from their wicked ways.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Peter really lays into the people, doesn’t he? He said they acted ignorantly, called their ways wicked, and implied that they were murderers. Is this what Jesus meant when he taught Peter to love others? Peter didn’t sugar coat this message. This fits with Peter’s personality (as revealed in Mark 8:27-33). When he became a follower of Jesus, he didn’t change his personality. Instead, he used who he was to make an impact for Jesus.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Peter was quick to speak (and probably loud). After spending three years following Jesus and putting full trust in him, Peter used his bold tongue to preach about Jesus. Do you have any character/personality traits that got you into trouble in the past? Is there any way that those “flaws” could be used to serve God? Ask God to reveal who he wants you to be. And be on the lookout for people who need help getting to their feet.