A study of the book of Acts three was recorded October 11, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.
Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 3
- In verse 1 it says that Peter and John went to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour, which was after the time of the afternoon sacrifice. Why was it significant that Peter and John went after the afternoon sacrifice?
- In Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels, they record that at the crucifixion, at the ninth hour, Jesus said “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” and John records him saying “It is finished.” Why is this significant to when Peter and John went to the temple to pray?
- In verse 2 It says the man was lame from birth and many believe that due to his crippled state he would not have been allowed into the temple. Do you think the Church ‘allows’ for the lame to attend? What about our church?
- Each day “they” laid the lame man at the gate to beg. “They” did not see any value in this man because he could not walk. Have you ever felt looked down on because you couldn’t do something that others were able to do? Have you ever looked down on someone because of what they were unable to do?
- In verse 4, Peter tells the lame beggar to “look at us”. In the original Greek, it says “look into us.” How is that different and what was Peter saying to the lame man?
- In verse 5 the lame man reached out his hand expecting to receive a few coins from Peter and John but ended up receiving more than he expected. Can you share a time when you received more from God than you expected?
- After being healed, verses 7-8 record that the man went walking and leaping and praising God. Have you ever received a miracle from God? How did your reaction compare to this lame man?
- This man’s reaction caused him to stand out from the crowd. Explain a time that you ‘stood out’ and when you’ve been more comfortable fitting in.
- Peter’s response to the crowd was to share how he was similar to them, of Jewish decent, who also denied Jesus, but also why he was different. What type of approach do you take when sharing your faith? Can you share an example?
- According to verse 19, ultimately repentance was and is necessary to be changed. In your own words, what does “repent” mean?
- According to verse 19, when will we see a time of refreshing in the Lord?