What do they expect? (Acts 3)

And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. Acts 3:5

Brothers and sisters, we are living in times where the unexpected happens on a daily basis.  It is almost too much to even watch or read the news of the day. Just when you thought, “humanity cannot lower itself any more,” you discover new low’s on a daily basis.

Scripture teaches us, II Timothy 3:2-5, this is the path of depravity.  We expect lost people to act in lost ways because they are lost.

However, “should there be different expectations for followers of Christ?”

I asked myself this question as I approached Acts 3.  We do not know how much time elapsed between Acts 2 and 3.  It was probably not many days after.  Luke records this scene for us so that we can see the godly actions of the leaders in the first church.

As we read their story, we discover godly expectations being met:

  • The church was observing the Jewish law in praying.
  • The church was genuine in their concern for those who were hurting.

Unlike the leaders in Luke 10 who passed by a hurting man, Peter and John stopped and paid attention to the hurting man’s cries for help.  Apparently there were some who already cared for this man.  Daily they would carry him to this spot.  It was all they could do.  Apparently people daily gave to the man. It was all they could do.  But in this moment, we encounter people who could do more.

  • The church was filled with powerful faith.

Peter knew the Lord could heal this man and he spoke in faith knowing the Lord’s power. Nothing is impossible with Jesus!!!  Jesus led Peter to speak and Jesus healed this man, Vs: 16.

Pay attention to the man leaping and praising God.  This is what happens when God exceeds men’s expectations.  Question, “What do we expect God to do?”

  • The church proclaimed Jesus.

Peter sees the divine appointment and steps up to proclaim Jesus.  There were four areas of proclamation.  See if you can spot them in your readings.  Here they are:

  1. He highlights Jesus ministry.
  2. He highlights Jesus love.
  3. He highlights Jesus mercy.
  4. He highlights Jesus second-coming.

When Peter is finished proclaiming Jesus, he is arrested.  But the gospel could not be arrested.  Many people come to know Jesus (4:1-4).

At the end of this moment together, I want to ask you three questions and then give you one Scripture to consider through your day:

  • What does the work expect from you?
  • What does God expect from you?
  • What do you expect from you?

Ephesians 3:19-20

19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

 

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