Acts 3:1-10 (NASB)
1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. 2 And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. 4 But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” 5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” 7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. 8 With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God; 10 and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Heavenly Father, almighty God, Creator of all that exists, great is Your glory and honor and You are worthy to be praised. Lead, guide, and direct us as we study Your Word. Give us discernment through the illumination of Your Word by the Holy Spirit. Convict us of those things in our life, which attempt to separate us from You. Draw us to Yourself. May all creation sing Your praises, in Jesus holy name we pray, amen.
Central Idea of the Text
Through the power of Jesus Christ, Peter healed the lame man, resulting in his praising of God.
Main Objective of the Sermon
It was the power of Jesus Christ, not Peter, which healed the lame man and resulted in praise to God.
When we witness, we are to do so in the name of Jesus Christ, giving glory to God.
1. Where do we go for answers to life’s problems?
Some go to God.
Acts 3:1 (NASB)
1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer.
- 9th hour: 3:00pm
- Jews had three scheduled times of public, daily prayer
- 3rd hour: 9:00am
- 6th hour: 12:00pm
- 9th hour: 3:00pm
Others go to man.
Acts 3:2 (NASB)
2 And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.
- Relied upon others to carry him to the gate of the temple
- Beautiful Gate
- The temple had nine gates, each covered with gold and silver
- Many scholars believe the Beautiful Gate was the eastern gate
- It was larger than the rest
- It had thicker plates of gold and silver
- It also contained Corinthian brass
- A favored gate, great multitudes of people passed through
- More people from which to beg alms
2. What type of answers can we expect?
- Material things
Acts 3:3-5 (NASB)
3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. 4 But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” 5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.
- Giving money to beggars was praiseworthy in the Jewish religion
- Jews would bring money for the treasury and extra for the poor
- Pharisees were especially generous, seeking the publicity
- Physical healing
Acts 3:6-7 (NASB)
6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” 7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.
Mark 16:15-17a,18b (NASB)
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name … 18 … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
- Spiritual healing
Acts 3:8 (NASB)
8 With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
James 5:14-15 (NASB)
14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
- God is honored and glorified
John 9:1-3 (NASB)
1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
3. What should be our response?
Accept God’s answer and give Him the praise.
Acts 3:9 (NASB)
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God;
Mark 2:9-12 (NASB)
9 “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? 10 “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He said* to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.” 12 And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
Luke 13:11-17 (NASB)
11 And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness.” 13 And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God. 14 But the synagogue official, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, began saying to the crowd in response, “There are six days in which work should be done; so come during them and get healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites, does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead him away to water him? 16 “And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As He said this, all His opponents were being humiliated; and the entire crowd was rejoicing over all the glorious things being done by Him.
4. How should others respond?
They should notice a divine change in our lives.
Acts 3:10 (NASB)
10 and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
- When seeking answers for life’s problems, we should go to God rather than man.
- At best, man attempts to provide material answers, whereas God provides the exact physical and spiritual healing we need.
- We should respond by praising God and actively and publicly making use of the answers he has provided.
- The people around us should be able to notice the divine change in our lives.
- It was the power of Jesus Christ, not Peter, which healed the lame man and resulted in praise to God.
- When we witness, we are to do so in the name of Jesus Christ, giving God the glory.
Heavenly Father, thank You for grace sufficient for each day. May we always remember that although You may elect to use men to carry out Your divine will, all true healing ultimately comes from You alone. Consequently, please give us the wisdom to place our trust in You rather than man and may You receive all the honor, glory, and praise. We pray this in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
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John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
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1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Acts 3:19 (NASB)
19 "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
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Malachi 3:10 (NASB)
10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
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James 5:16 (NASB)
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
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