Join us as we dive deeper into the scripture passage from this past Sunday morning. Whether you’re in a group or just wanting to talk around the dinner table, you can use this discussion guide as we allow God’s word to shape us together in community!
What ways have you seen God at work in your life the past week?
What’s the biggest (most valuable) gift anyone’s ever given you?
1 Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. 2 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. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.
4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 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!”
7 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. 8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
9 All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. 10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! 11 They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.
12 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? 13 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.
Acts 3:1-13 (NLT)
If you had been the man who was lame, how would you have reacted when Peter said, “Get up and walk.”?
a. What are you talking about? I’ve been here 40 years.
b. That Jesus guy you’re talking about died, didn’t he?
c. You need a demonstration to know my legs don’t work?
d. Well, what can it hurt to try?
e. other _____________________
If you had been Peter and John, seeing this man begging by the gate, what would your first thought have been? How do you typically react when you see someone homeless or begging by the road?
When you think about what kinds of things you have to offer someone in need (physically or emotionally), what kinds of things do you think about? What kinds of things do you feel like you lack?
What’s one need that you know of right now that you might be able to meet if God were to work through you?
What do you think inhibits you from offering others God’s work in their lives?