Today is Monday, September 11th, 2017. This week we continue in our series through Acts. I hope that you were able to join us yesterday to hear Acts being preached on and I hope you will join us this coming Sunday. I am excited to be learning with you today as we read about John and Peter healing a lame man. - Mallory
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Have you, or someone close to you, ever experienced supernatural healing?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Take some time to praise God for the good he has done in your life. Ask him to be present with you as you study his word today, praying that more of him would be revealed to you.
And take some time today to pray for those who are mourning losses they faced on and because of 9/11 and the days that followed.
DISCOVER [Acts 3:1-10]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God,10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
- The lame man had been brought to the gate to ask for alms for a while; do you think he had hope that anything else would ever be given to him?
- What drew John and Peter’s attention to the lame man?
- What gave Peter the confidence to tell the lame man to “rise up and walk” (v. 6)?
- How did the lame man respond to his healing?
- How did the people who saw the lame man now walking respond to his healing?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- Is there an area in your life that you need healing? Whether that is physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual?
- How do you respond when prayers are answered in your life?
- How do you respond when prayers aren’t answered or aren’t answered in the way you expected?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?