Wednesday Night Recap

 

 

Friends,

Next week we conclude our series on Peter. I hope you have gotten as much out of this series as I have.  Our next series will be on David and Bathsheba. It will have great topics for bible study — sex, lies and murder. Good time to invite a friend to join us, better than prime time T. V.  : )

Wednesday we discussed Acts 3:1-8 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-5.

“Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, with John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ And he fixed his attention upon them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’  And he took him by the right hand and raised him up;  and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and walked and entered the temple with them, walking leaping and praising God.”

1) How does this miracle differ from others Peter preformed?

Robyn said that Peter didn’t take any credit for the miracle. Gone was the impulsive young man who believed he could do everything on his own.

Jack said that Peter is now relying on the power of the Holy Spirit.

Bill noted that Peter made eye contact with and touched the lame man. Peter didn’t ignore the man as so many others had. He showed compassion before he healed. Tom added that there is great power in physical touch. He has witnessed this power when he has laid hands on those he has prayed for. I have experienced this power.

2) Why did Peter preform this miracle in public?

“Have gun will travel reads the card of a man….”

Palidin had a card that declared who he was. In Peter’s time the ability to preform miracles was the calling card of an Apostle. Note that the miracle is not the end of the story. Peter uses the miracle as an opportunity to preach the gospel. Physical healing is important but not as important as spiritual healing.

3) What did Jesus say when he met with Peter?

“…and he appeared to Cephas..”

Robyn said Jesus told Peter that it isn’t all about Peter.

By His presence Jesus shows Peter that it is true — Jesus was dead and now is alive! This truth changes everything for Peter and it can change everything for us. He defeated death. Is there any problem you face that He cant handle? We should desire nothing other than to be in His prescience — nothing else matters.

Next week Galatians 2:11-17. Consider the following questions:

1) Why did Paul confront Peter?

2) What does this incident tell us about Peter?

3) What does this incident tell us about our spiritual growth?

See you Wednesday night.

John

 

2 responses to “Wednesday Night Recap”

  1. Jamie says:

    Will they furnish cokes and pop corn for the next series?

  2. john miles says:

    Are you offering?