April 10, 2016- Sermon: “The God of Broken Things” (Steve Elliott)
Date: April 10, 2016
Speaker: Steve Elliott
Text: Acts 3:1-20
Imagine if you had, say, seven life-choice mulligans where you could go back and do it all over again. Where in your past would you use yours?
The only light Peter has at his disposal is derivative: it is the light of the Son of God, shining through him.
Past performance is the biggest predictor of future performance.
If Jesus ever leads you back to the place it all started for you, there is probably a reason for it.
The poverty of the church in North America is most often not financial but spiritual.
All of nature has been invaded by a super nature: God! It is simply God demonstrating that He alone has authority over what He alone created.
Peter is putting it right up front that Jesus is the source, not him. It’s a source of power that is all derivative, it is not his own.
“Is anyone thirsty? Let him come unto me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit whom those who believed in him were later to receive.” -John 7:37-39
“Either the church is able to point to signs of healing power at work in the world because of what has happened in Christ or the church is without evidence for its claims.” – William Willimon
1.God uses broken things.
2.None of Acts 3 happens without Acts 2.
3.The faith that conferred healing was residing in Peter and John, not the beggar.
4.We need to be so filled with the Spirit that we can be said to be walking in the Spirit, so that when he prompts us to act on Jesus’ behalf, we do.
5.All of humanity is paralyzed from birth.
“…come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, social classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” – Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
She had the appearance of one who would inspire the kind of thought and question that asks: “What need could this young woman possibly have?”