How do we respond when confronted with the hurts and needs of those around us. Do we turn away, walk quickly by, or share whatever we can, even if it does not seem like what the situation asks for? In this week’s story we hear of Peter’s response, and how in sharing Jesus’ love, a life is transformed.
Worship this week:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional worship
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School/New Member Orientation
10:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
“Peter heals in Jerusalem” April 9-10, 2016
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Sunday, Acts 3:1-10, Peter Heals in Jerusalem
Monday, Acts 4:1-22, Peter and John before the Council
Tuesday, Acts 4:23-31, The Believers Prayer for Boldness
Wednesday, Acts 4:32-37, The Believers Share Their Possessions
Thursday, Acts 5:1-11, Ananias and Sapphira
Friday, Acts 5:12-16, The Apostles Heal Many
Saturday, Acts 5:17-42, The Apostles Are Persecuted
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” Acts 3:6
Peter and John offered healing in Jesus’ name as their witness to Jesus’ love for humanity. The people who were used to seeing the man asking for alms were filled with wonder and amazement at the sight of the lame man walking. There are many things about Jesus and about God’s world that can fill us with wonder and amazement. Are we open to seeing?
How did early believers back up their words with their actions?
Who in your community has a need that you could fill? Ask your pastor to connect you with people who could use the gifts you have to offer.
What fills you with wonder and amazement?
PRAY: Holy Lord, your followers gave to your children something more powerful and more valuable than riches. They gave healing and hope. Bring healing and hope into our world and show us evidence of your presence in our lives. Amen
BLESS: May God bless others through the gifts you share. Amen.