Acts 3: The Gospel In Motion
Chapter 3: Discussion Questions
- The events in Acts 3 take place at the Temple in Jerusalem. During His ministry, Jesus visited, taught, and ministered at the Temple. Acts 3:2 says that the lame man was taken to the Temple Gate every day, so it stands to reason that this man would have been there when Jesus was. Yet, Jesus is not the one who healed this man – Peter and John do. What can we learn about God’s timing since He used Peter and John to perform the miracle? What encouragement can we draw from this man’s waiting?
- A miracle occurs when God demonstrates His power by overriding natural laws. Luke’s language in verses 7-8 let’s us know that this man’s healing was clearly a miracle, and he praised God for his healing. How did the truly miraculous affirm both God’s power and those who performed the miracle? When we use the word “miracle” to describe something beautiful do we do run the risk of diminishing our reverence for God’s power? Why or why not?
- Verse 4 says that the lame man looked at Peter and John and expected “to get something from them,” but there is no indication that he expected a miraculous healing. The lame man’s best hope was money. Read Acts 3: 6-8. Whose faith healed the lame man? What did Peter’s faith do for the lame man? What did Peter’s faith do for those the lame man encountered? What encouragement does that give you about sharing your faith with others?
- What does it say about Peter that he deflects any credit from the miracle and directs all the glory to God? What do Peter’s actions and attitude teach us? How does adopting Peter’s Acts 3 attitude aide us in the ministries we are personally involved in?
- How do you define repentance? Is it more than asking for forgiveness or are they the same thing? If repentance is turning from sin and walking in the direction of Jesus, how much turning do we actually do? Are our lives models of repentance or “I’m sorrys”? How does free-will make repentance more precious to God?
- If repentance is turning from sin, should believers live in guilt? Should believers repent and repent and repent for the same sins? How does true repentance free believers from guilt and lead to lives of joy and freedom? How does 1 Corinthians 10:13 help us understand how to walk out repentance and live in freedom?
- How does understanding the meaning and significance of repentance make baptism both more significant and more beautiful in the lives of believers?
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