We learn to follow Jesus one step at a time
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
They devoted themselves to 4 things:
Apostles’ Teaching (God’s Word)
Breaking of Bread
Awe (fear of God)
Generosity Toward one Another
God-centered, Joyful Community
You devote yourself to the things you love
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
Do you understand God’s love for you expressed through Jesus Christ?
Are you devoted to a life of following Jesus?
Have you taken the initial step to repent of your sin and trust Jesus with your life?
We learn to follow Jesus one step at a time
Acts is the historical movement of the church from Jesus for us to Jesus through us
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.
A healthy church can say "look at us".
And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
There's a connection between the healing and their hearts
Transformation is the key to boldness
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were
Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By
what power or what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being
called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all
the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands
before you healed. 11 Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ [a] 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is
no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Transformation is connected to a source
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and
they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
The fruit of spiritual transformation is extraordinary
14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they
ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone
living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the
people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or
teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for
us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish
them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old