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You Can Keep The Change

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You Can Keep The Change
-Welcome- Thanks- Acts 3
-Story of atheist professor
-Today we are going to be looking at an amazing story of how the gospel changes lives, both spiritually and physically
-Acts 3:1-10 Prayer
-The title of my sermon this morning is “You Can Keep the Change”
-What I want to do is go back through the verses and really break down whats going on
-VS 1
-begins with Peter and John going to the temple
-this is significant because even though they weren't bound by the law to go to the temple and pray and present sacrifices they still went out of a love for worshiping God.
-the ninth hour the hour of prayer
-Jewish day started at 6 AM and at 6 PM
-devout Jews would set aside a special prayer time three times a day 9 AM, noon, and 3 PM
-prayer was very special for the Jewish people. What does our prayer life look like?
-do we set aside special time to pray?
-Peter and John recognized the importance of prayer in their daily walk with God
-the 3 PM prayer time was also the time of day when the sacrifices were given and offered up
-EXTREMELY BUSY!
-which is why we see what we see in VS 2
-this was a great and well plan strategy of the lame man
-knee surgery
-the busiest time a day at the place where you expect the most people to give
-the area that he was laid was also very important, the beautiful gate SLIDE
-this was this man's daily routine
-every day it was the same thing but today God was going to shake this man's daily routine
-does God want to shake up your daily routine?
-is our lives so structured that we can't have God mess it up?
-softball analogy. Fastball versus curveball.
-when God throws a curve ball in life do we let it go and watch it go by or we willing to take a swing at it?
-in versus three and four we see Peter and John's reaction to a curveball because their daily routine was interrupted also
VS 3-4
-so this man is laying at the gate sees Peter and John going into the temple and ask them for money
-now I'm assuming this is an on the to do list for Peter and John, but yet look at the response READ VS 4
-it says Peter and John directed their gaze at him
-this word gaze in the Greek means to look intently at
-Peter and John didn't just throw a glance his way they focus their attention on him
-they are swinging at the curve ball here!
-they stop what they're doing and tell this man look at us!
-this is huge! For two reasons
-1. during this time you didn't want to make eye contact with the begger because it meant you were going to give him something
-2. When you tell someone to look at you it usually means you really want them to focus on what you're saying
-kids analogy
-Peter makes a point here to get this man's attention and he does
-VS 5
-you can almost see this man get excited and hold his hand out for money
-but the change she was looking for was of the change she was going to get! Repeat
-VS 6
-his first words to this lame man is I'm broke!
-but what I have to give to you is so much more valuable than money
-he shares the gospel with this man
-not only does he do that but he takes action on his faith that he is healed
VS 7
-Peter was so confident that this man was instantly healed that he took him by the hand and lifted him up
-Peter knew that faith without works is dead
-EPHESIANS 2:10
-we weren't created to except Christ and just move on with this life
-we were created for good works and to walk in them
-why? JAMES 2:14-22,26
-why were we created to do good works?
-because faith without works is dead and useless
-Peter had faith and acted on it
VS 8-10
-what was his first action when he got lifted onto his feet?
-it says he entered the temple with them walking leaping and praising God.
-he didn't run and tell his parents or friends he went to the temple first. What was the significance of that?
-1. He knew that God healed him and he was going in to give him praise
-notice how Peter and John never took credit for the healing. They said in the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
-they knew where the power came from and weren't going to take credit for it
-2. This would've been the first time in his whole life that he was able to go into the temple
-being a cripple man he would have never been allowed past the first courtyard.
-now he could go in! I can only imagine this man's excitement!
-it tells us the people were amazed at what happened
-the gospel change this man!
-has it changed you?
-you see this man began his day just like any other! Explain
-but then to believers, may have been the only two believers there, allowed God to interrupt their daily routine
-and the change that they offered this lame man was not the change he was looking for, but it was the ONLY change he could keep!
-Peter and John could've gave this man a few coins and it would've lasted him maybe the day.
-he probably would've spent it on food so that he could go and beg another day
-but the change they gave him was a change that affected him both spiritually and physically and he would have it forever!
-this morning you may be sitting here and you may be a believer, but your life is stuck in a routine and you want God to interrupt but you don't know how to do it
-I want to encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the people that God wants to interrupt your life with
-or you may be sitting here in your like the lame man, who is an a believer and you're sick and tired of your daily routine
-well this morning I want to offer you change, not a change that parishes but a change you can keep
-1 CORINTHIANS 5:17
-therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
-Prayer
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