Passage: Acts 3
v1-10 - Peter and John heal the lame beggar. Notice a couple of things: Peter & John maintain a daily habit of going to God's house for prayer; we ought to follow that same schedule (the place you pray is not as important as the consistency). Also notice how Peter turns the man's attention from his immediate needs to the bigger prize of receiving Jesus.
v11-26 - Peter takes advantage of the growing crowd that's come to see the man who was just miraculously healed and begins preaching to them. This sermon has three main points: - v15: You people killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead; - v22: Jesus is the Messiah that had been predicted since the time of Moses, so listen to everything He tells you (notice the present tense of 'tells you;' it's not 'told you.' Jesus still speaks through His Word); - v19: Therefore repent so that your sins may be wiped out, so that you may experience times of refreshing (Today we would put this point last, but the style in Peter's day was to put the main point in the middle).
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Peter doesn't pull any punches when he preaches. His sermons begin with him convicting the audience of their sins, and in these early sermons the main sin he mentions is that these people had literally participated in rejecting and killing Jesus. If Peter were here today speaking to a large group of people as he did two thousand years ago, how would his introduction be the same or different?
Why is the conviction of sin such an important part of preaching? How does it make the 'refreshment' Peter speaks of in v19 that much sweeter?
Follow the AAA Prayer Pattern:
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: The God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, the God of our fathers, who has glorified Jesus (v13), and who sent Jesus to bless you by turning you from your wicked ways (v26)
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out and that you would experience times of refreshing (v19)
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: