Sunday School Perspective
The study of the lesson is in the book of Acts Chapter 3: Verses 11-21 and it offers study about healing and wholeness through faith in Jesus Christ.
Key Verse: “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Acts 3:16, KJV: This key verse brings attention to Jesus’ healing power.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 is “Seeking Wholeness” and it encourages believers to strive for a deeper life of holiness and dependence on God.
The objective for students and readers is to seek and develop a closer relationship with God and allow Him to order your steps in every way.
Jesus Healing Power (Acts 3:11-13)
The lesson unfolds after Jesus the Son of God was identified, crucified, and raised from the dead. In these particular verses the parable of the lame man after being touched is able to walk into the temple along with Peter and John. The people gathered knew of the man’s ailment and could see he was healed, and they were amazement. Peter immediately dismissed the thought that he or John was responsible for his healing. He assured them that there was only one that could possibly restore lifeless limbs. Peter went on to expound on the part they had in the death of Jesus. “And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.” (Verses 11-13)
Peter’s Sermon continues (Acts 3:14-18)
It is significant in these verses that Peter continues his sermon accusing the crowd gathered of the unthinkable crime the Jews called for the crucifixion of the Holy and Righteous One and freed a murderer. Peter continued his sermon equipped with the power of Jesus, as he went on to try to straighten their twisted ideas of their faith. There is a better way that offers perfect soundness through Jesus Christ. “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.” (Verse 14-18)
Peter’s suggestion (Acts 3:19-21)
These verses indicate that Peter did not turn his back on them and walk away, but instead he offered them a solution to their predicament. He offered them the opportunity for them to repent and be converted so that your sins may be erased and forgiven. We must also understand that we have this ability move forward in our lives. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” (Verses 19-21)
Praise The Lord.