Week 12: Acts 3 – 9

Honor God with your commitment of time to study His word.
Examine your heart and pray to invite Him into your study.
Ask God to reveal His truths in the passage.
Listen to what He says and write it down.

Acts 3 – 9

Healing passages:

  1. Acts 3: 1 – 16 (Peter heals the crippled beggar.)
  2. Acts 4: 8 – 22 (Peter answers how he healed the beggar.
  3. Acts 4: 29 – 31 (The believers pray to heal, perform miracles and speak boldly.)
  4. Acts 5: 12 – 16 (The apostles heal many.)
  5. Acts 8: 4 – 8 (Philip heals people in Samaria.)
  6. Acts 9: 11 – 19 (Ananias is asked to heal Saul’s vision.)
  7. Acts 9: 32 – 35 (Peter heals Aeneas, a bedridden man.)
  8. Acts 9: 36 – 42 (Peter raises Tabitha back to life.)

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  1. Cheryl Parker

    I’m sorry that I missed the call last night so I don’t know what the discussion centered on but I thought I’d share a few of my observations. A couple of calls ago, Suzy ask how we went about the study. I start each day when I read by praying that God will open my eyes to see the wonderful things in His word and that He will help me apply these things to my life. Then I read the passage and often will follow a suggested cross reference that I read in the associated footnotes. Some days I read the same passage in more that one Bible. I’m currently using my “old tried and true” Nelson’s NKJV study Bible and the The Jeremiah study Bible. (My mom gave me this version year’s ago in a large print edition and I’d never even opened it until now!) For the study of Acts, I also started reading a commentary by an old pastor, called Through the Bible with J. Vernon McGee. He goes verse by verse and expounds on it. I’ve gained insights that I wouldn’t have by reading his commentary.

    So for Acts 3-9 here are a couple of my thoughts. I love seeing Peter as a completely changed man! After Christ restored him after His resurrection he became a leader in the church! God was using the apostles to establish His church. Their authority included signs and wonders as they were empowered by the Holy Spirit. Healing the lame man was an exciting display to all of the power of God. The healing was immediate and complete. Then Peter’s sermon after the man was healed was pretty exciting to me. The healing was accompanied not only by a disclaimer that it WASN’T them that healed but also by a message of repentance. And the result of the peoples repentance was “so that time of refreshing may come int the presence of our Lord.” (3:19) I had underlined that phrase because it stood out to me as an important principle that we can apply today. Receiving God through repentance will bring refreshing of our spirit! The footnote in my Bible makes this principle even more clear, “The word translated refreshing refers to restoration of strength and nourishment. Strength is restored when hope is restored.”

    Healings in these chapters were always accompanied by a gospel message of repentance!

    Skipping on down to Stephen in chapter 7, I noted that their previous prayer for boldness was definitely answered in Stephen’s address to the religious leaders. The end of chapter 6 indicated that he did signs and wonders being full of faith and power. But it doesn’t describe exactly what he did here but physical healing could have been a part of the signs and wonders he did. It probably was! Even though he had boldness, faith and power, he was accused of blasphemy! After his long speech to the leaders, they stoned him to death. This is the 2nd time I noticed that the Bible speaks of glorifying God through death. Jesus also spoke of the fact that Peter would glorify God in his death. I think that it’s important to realize that not only our life can glorify God but we can also glorify Him in our death. It’s not something we like to think about, but it’s really an exciting concept that God can receive glory not only throughout the believer’s life, but also in death. The Holy Spirit in Stephen empowered him to respond to death by glorifying God.

    Just two of the things I noted! But it would be a small book to write everything!, I hope these two observations will add to last nights discussion!

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