Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that the people of God are called to turn from sin to obeying and trusting God. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to turn from our sins to obeying and trusting God.
Read Acts 3:11-15
I. Wholeness – From Where? Peter and John are used by God, Sunday School material, to heal a disabled man. Peter talks to the gathered crowd about God being the source of the healing. Peter also talks to the crowd about how they, the crowd, played a key role in the death of Jesus. But God raised Jesus from the dead.
- Giving the glory to God. Notice in vss. 11-13 that Peter talked about God being the source of the healing. First, we should rejoice in knowing that God is still able to perform miracles. He may not do them when and how we want them to be done, but He is still able to do them according to His will.
Second, it is important to make sure we give God the credit for the good that comes from our efforts. We should not compete for the attention. All glory belongs to God. Third, we should be thankful that God would use us to do great things. Let’s work on giving God all of the glory and credit for the good that comes from our efforts.
- Hateful people. Notice in vss. 13-15 even religious people can be so hateful. First, we should put our trust in God, not just those who claim to be His people. Without God’s grace, our “friends” would do us so much harm. But with God’s grace, our “enemies” can bring us our next loaf of bread.
Second, we should make sure that we strive to be loving, instead of hateful. We should always exam our actions and motives to make sure that we are striving to love God and others, as we love ourselves. Let’s work on trusting God and living loving lives.
Read Acts 3:16-18
II. Wholeness – From Whom? In our Sunday School material, Peter talks about the power of faith. He notes that the people acted in ignorance. But God use their ignorance to carry out His prophecy.
- Faith development. Notice in vs. 16 that faith was so important to the man being healed. In like manner, faith is so important today. We need to know, trust, and obey God’s word. Prayerfully studying and striving to obey God’s word with the support of other disciples will help us in this area. Let’s work on our faith development.
- Acting wisely, instead of out of ignorance. Notice in vss. 17-18 that God can take what was done in ignorance and use it for our good.
First, people can do mean things because of their ignorance. Some people do what seems right to them without thinking about how their actions will impact others. Second, God works in all things for the good of His people. Thus, we should not lose heart, when people act out of ignorance towards us and our loved ones.
Third, we should strive to act out of wisdom, instead of ignorance, especially those of us who are leaders. It would be hard to overstate the importance of prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word with the support of others.
We need to prayerful think about what we are doing and the impact we will make, before we act. Let’s work on acting wisely and trusting God to use the ignorant actions of others for our good.
Read Acts 3:19-21
III. Wholeness – When? In our Sunday School material, Peter calls the people to repent and turn to God. Their sins will be forgiven and times of refreshing will be experienced. Jesus is in Heaven until the appointed time.
- Turning from sin to obeying and trusting God. Notice in vss. 19-21 the emphasis on repenting, turning to God, being forgiven, and times of refreshing.
First, the best thing to do, when you find yourself in sin, is to turn from it. This is the meaning of repentance. Don’t play with it, turn from it. Think about the sins of not tithing, not giving your best in service, and not giving your best to inviting and trying to bring people with you to worship and growth group.
Second, we are called to turn to God. This calls for studying and obeying God’s word. Third, God offers forgiveness or the wiping away of our sins. Thank God, we don’t have to go back and pay for all that we have messed up.
Fourth, there is a time a refreshing ahead. Jesus is in Heaven until the appointed time. In other words, the best is yet to come. Let’s work on turning from our sins to God and His blessings for us.
Conclusion: Let’s work on turning from our sins to obeying and trusting God. God has much for those who obey His will.
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