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This sermon series is entitled Say YES to the Holy Spirit. When have you said yes to the Holy Spirit this past week? What happened?

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Acts 3:1-16

Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.

Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.

Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!

“Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.”

Why was Peter so quick to ask, Why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? What does his question say about how miraculous healing happens or doesn’t happen? How powerful or godly do you need to be for God to use you for His glory?

Then Peter concludes, Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes. Why does Peter turn peoples’ eyes from him and John to Jesus? What does that say about how miraculous healing happens?

Pastor Jay had mentioned that a credit card is just a piece of plastic until you activate it, that is, connect it to your bank account. But that’s just a start. You also need to know what’s in the bank backing up your card up. Why is it important not just to activate and swipe your faith by praying for others, but also to know what resources are available through the Name of Jesus?

How is our role as Christians like that of an ambassador of a country? Do you use your status as an ambassador of the Kingdom of God? How would your life be different if you considered yourself an ambassador of the Kingdom of God?

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