Sunday School Material 2-18-18: Faithful Disciples

(Acts 9:36-43; 2/18/18)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God raised a woman from the dead to help others draw closer to Him. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to let God use us to help people draw closer to Him today.

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Read Acts 9:36-38

I. Asking the Impossible. In our Sunday School material, a female disciple by the name of Tabitha/Dorcas was known for doing good and helping the poor. She got sick and died. Two men are sent to get Peter.

Applications –

- Our legacy. Notice in vs. 36 and 39 that Dorcas was known for doing good and helping the poor. When she died, people could show what good works she had done. They mourned her death. What kind of legacy of you developing? We can all do something.

Let’s develop legacies of using what God has given us to be blessings to those in need. People may never say, “thank you,” but God has a record of what we do and don’t do (see Mt. 25:31-46; sheep and goats).

- Sickness and death. Notice in vs. 37 that Dorcas got sick and died. No matter how we try to live by God’s word, these bodies of ours are subject to get sick and surely die.

On one hand, we should do what we can to stay healthy and serve the Lord. On the other hand, we should brace ourselves for our date with death and make sure our death and estate affairs are in order. Let’s do what we can to stay healthy and prepared for our date with death.

- Sendable people. Notice in vs. 38 that some unnamed men were sent to get Peter. In like manner, there is a need for some people who can be “sent” to do what needs to be done today. To be sendable means that you need to be humble enough to receive instructions, competent enough to carry out the instructions, and trusted enough to stay on task.

Let’s work on being sendable and developing sendable people. If our churches and communities are overly dependent on a few, we are subject to fall apart, when the few are unable or unavailable to serve. There is really a need for more sendable “men.” 

Read Acts 9:39-43

II. Witnessing the Incredible. In our Sunday School material, Peter comes to the body. He prays for her. She comes back to life. He presents her to the local people. Peter stays in the area with Simon the tanner.

Applications –

- Pointing people to God. Notice in vss. 40-42 that Peter quiets things down, prays, and points people to drawing closer to God. In like manner, we need to let God use us in drawing people closer to Him.

God may or may not use us to do signs and wonders. But God can definitely use us to be encouragers, examples of enthusiastic worship, and those who do the best that we can with what we have for God’s glory. Let’s work on letting God use us to point people to Him.

- Bless others, the way you’ve been blessed. Notice in vs. 43 that the Simon the tanner extended hospitality to Peter. In like manner, we should be known for the kindness that we show in general. We should be known for the kindness that we show the man/woman of God in particular. And “to whom much has been given, much is required.”

The more blessings we have, the more we should be known for giving (i.e., housing someone “for some time” was in line with what was expected of a well-paid tanner). Let’s work on being kind in proportion to how God has blessed us, especially to those who are ministering for the Lord.

Conclusion: Let’s work on letting God use us to help people draw closer to Him today. God has much for those who obey His will.

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