Peter Explains the Lame Man's Healing (Acts 3:12-26)

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At the Temple, during the time of the afternoon prayers, Peter had just healed a man who had been lame all of his life (over 40 years). A crowd gathered, and Peter used this miracle to point this crowd to Jesus and indict them for Jesus' death, while affirming Jesus' resurrection. What can we learn from the first part of Peter's response to the crowd? [Hint: Peter indicts these Israelite men for denying Jesus - sound familiar?]

Peter Explains the Lame Man's Healing (Acts 3:12-16): A Former Denier Indicts Deniers In Acts 3:1-11, Peter and John, while entering the Temple at the time of the afternoon prayer, encounter a man, lame from birth, begging for money. Peter instructs the man to look up. He does, expecting to be given some money. Peter says he has no money, but that he will give what he has. Peter commands the man to stand, and then pulls him to his feet, fully healed. The man proceeds to be standing, leaping, and walking, none of which he has ever done before. And the crowd sees this man, who they have known as lame all of his life, and they gather on Solomon’s porch, overwhelmed with amazement. Peter addresses them. 1. Peter ______________________ Them Two Questions 12 So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: "Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? a. He addresses his audience (lit. “Men, Israelites”) b. He asks about the ___________________ c. He asks about the ___________________ 2. Peter ______________________ Them of Multiple Sins 13 "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. a. He identifies God via history and genealogy b. He identifies Jesus as God’s Child c. He identifies the two-fold sin of the men 3. Peter ______________________ Jesus’ Resurrection 15 …whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. a. The Act of God: The One you killed God raised up b. Personal Evidence: We ourselves are witnesses 4. Peter ___________________________ the Healing to Belief in Jesus "And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 16 a. The Power "And His name, through faith in His name, • on the basis • of the belief • of the name of ____________ b. The Miracle has made this man strong, whom you see and know. • This one • Whom you are observing • And have come to know • _______ strengthened – the name of ____________ c. The Restatement Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. • INDICTMENT: You yourselves • The belief • SIN #1: ___________________ over • The power - given through ____________ • SIN #2: ___________________ (denial #1) d. He identifies additional circumstances • Against the face of Pilate • Who had decided to ___________________ Jesus e. He identifies three more sins "But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 "and killed the Prince of life… 14 • INDICTMENT: You yourselves • SIN #3: ___________________ (denial #2) • SIN #4: ______________________________ a murderer • SIN #5: ___________________ the leader of life Northridge Baptist Church – Pastor Kevin Subra – September 27, 2020 • The complete healing (“whole-inheritance”) • The witnesses (the people) Summary Thoughts: 1. What can we give? 2. Who gets the credit? 3. How might we use circumstances? 4. What is our message? 5. Can a sinner be used? (33/8)
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