June 10, 2018 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1845
#4 in series
There is Power in His Name
Last week we looked at what Jesus has done that drives our witness to a lost world. As J. D. Greear writes, “The gospel is not only a means by which you get into heaven, but is the driving force behind every single moment of your life.” Like Peter and the early church, we proclaim the incarnate Christ, the crucified Christ, the resurrected Christ, and the exalted Christ through the power of the Spirit.
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“What were the needs at hand? They were physical – the man was crippled. They were also spiritual – the man lacked the wholeness that only Jesus gives. The thrust of Acts is its focus on sharing the good news; evangelism is on every page. Chapter 3 is no different. The disciples wanted to share the most valuable possession they had, and that was Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, we cannot isolate gospel preaching from gospel living. When we do that we hinder the gospel. Preaching and living go together. That is why the episode with the beggar comes on the heels of the great story of Pentecost.” – George & Donald Sweeting, The Acts of God
I. THE SETTING
Peter admitted two things:
Who should I witness to?
1) People in my __ (Luke 8:39; 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Peter 3:9)
2) People __ (Matthew 25:35, 36; Mark 10:29; 1 Cor. 9:22; James 1:27)
3) __ (Mark 8:35, 16:15; Acts 13:36; Psalm 67:2)
II. THE UNDENIABLE NEED
III. AN UNDENIABLE OPPORTUNITY
Peter turns their focus from the miracle to the message of Jesus.