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A Miracle at the Gate Beautiful (7 of 24)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles - A Verse-by-Verse Study
INTRODUCTION: Our lesson last week had to do with birth of the Church at Jerusalem. Following Peter's message about Christ, the Bible says, ''Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls'' (Acts 2:41).
In (vv. 42-47, we read about the amazing change in the lives of these new believers. The Bible says, ''And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.'' When a person gets saved, there ought to be a change, amen? In (vs. 46), it says, ''And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.''
In chapter three, we find Peter and John going up to the temple to pray. As they came to the gate called ''Beautiful,'' they noticed a beggar, whom the Bible says, ''...asked alms of them that entered into the temple'' (vs. 2). On that day, that beggar received something of far greater value than anything money could buy. Peter said, ''Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk'' (Acts 3:6).
I want to speak to you about two things:
I. The Beggar's Condition
II. Peter's Solution
I. THE BEGGAR'S CONDITON
A. His Physical Condition
1. He was a cripple from birth. The Bible says he was ''lame from his mother's womb.'' When I read stories like that, I just thank God for my health, that I was not born a cripple or born blind or have some other kind of disability. It's hard to answer sometimes, why there are people who are limited in certain areas, and others are not. This much we do know; God is the one who created us, and for reasons only He knows, we are who we are. The Psalmist wrote: ''For thou hast possessed m ...
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