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Blessing from God

Acts 3:1-26, Andrew Love, March 3, 2019


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Example from the Hymn: "How sweet the name"
  • Acts 3: a time of spiritual harvest
    • Peter called the Gentiles to turn away from their iniquities
    • 4:4 - about 5'000 men were converted
    • Example of Stuart Dainty
  • There are times of great harvest in the history of the Church
    • We are living in days of difficulty - with few conversions
      • Some churches during certain periods know great blessings
    • Generally we are seeing little fruit
    • We must remind ourselves that God is blessing in many others parts of the world
      • Example of UK vs Brazil
      • God is at work
    • We remind ourselves we are never to despise the day of small things
    • We remind ourselves that after times of sowing comes times of reaping
  • Looking at how the blessing of God had come - the means that God used

Blessings come when God's people walk in the Spirit

  • Two men - Peter & John
    • Walking in the Spirit
    • Initially blessed one man before blessing many others
  • They must have preached a lot
    • Peter - spontaneous, impetuous, denied Jesus, but chosen by God to lead the church
    • John - the son of thunder, now the disciple of love
    • Friends
  • Preaching in the temple
    • Going up to prayer at 3pm
    • Keeping the Jewish customs
    • Not only where they preachers, they were prayers
  • Encounter a beggar at the Beautiful gate
    • They were not so focused on the prayer meeting that they forgot everything around them
    • They were aware of other people's needs
    • Those who honour God and walk in the Spirit - have time for people
    • We can be more work orientated than people orientated
      • Example of Jesus and Jairus & the bleeding woman, the woman at the well, Nicodemus
    • We must be mindful of distractions
  • Their actions
    • They have no money
    • They perform a miracle
    • How can Peter heal the beggar?
      • Did he believe Jesus' words of the power of prayer?
      • Did he see the man's faith to be healed?
      • Was he constrained by the Holy Spirit?
      • Peter is asking in faith (v6)
    • The healing is a creation miracle - explanation
      • Spurgeon - Peter helped him in his weakness in faith
  • How do we apply this?
    • There are people struggling around us
    • We need to be in the Spirit and know how to help
    • We can pray and give encouragement
    • We may be able to help those in debt
    • We need to point people to the Lord Jesus
  • Blessings come when God's people walk in the Spirit

Blessings come from the name of Jesus

  • v16
    • Faith in the name of Christ
  • Who had faith: Peter & John, the lame man?
    • Surely all three
  • Without faith it is impossible to please God
    • We must not diminish the importance of faith
    • Christ could do no miracles where there was unbelief and doubt
    • The object of faith matters - we must exercise faith
  • May we be people of faith

Blessings come through God given opportunities

  • Peter & John could never have planned this
    • This lame man is filled with joy - he is leaping and shouting for joy
    • The people around cannot doubt this miracle
  • Because of his healing a great crowd gathers (v11)
    • One act can be a doorway to others - a chain of events
      • We must pray Lord open doors
      • We also need to be in the way of blessing and be obedient to God

Blessings come through the preaching of Jesus Christ

  • Above all - the blessing came through the preaching of Jesus Christ
    • Peter does not focus on the miracle
    • He explains it - but his whole focus is on the person of Christ
  • His preaching:
    • Their guilt
    • The work of the cross
    • Call to repentance
    • Calling for an immediate response
  • Peter deflected attention away from himself - he pointed to Jesus
  • Bold preaching
    • He preached boldly before the Sanhedrin
      • So boldly that he is put in prison
    • Peter spoke true facts
    • God honoured Peter's bold preaching
      • Conviction comes to this people
  • Promises in preaching
    • Blessing in Jesus Christ
    • The forgiveness of sin
      • A call to turn away from sin and iniquity
  • Many believe when Peter preaches
    • 5'000 men

Concluding Remarks

  • We must take courage that what God has done in the past, He is able to do today
    • Maybe we need to look at ourselves
    • We know there are times of judgment and blessing
    • Blessings come in times of real repentance

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Acts 3:1-26

1Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. 8And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. 11And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. 12And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? 13The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. 14But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 16And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 17And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 18But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 19Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 22For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 24Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 25Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 26Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. (KJV)


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