Peter Speaks To Onlookers - April 18, 2021

Bible Study “Peter Speaks to the Onlookers”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Alleluia, Alleluia! Christ is Risen! We are now firmly rooted in the Easter season and we continue to celebrate as Jesus’ time with his disciples marches on. We’ve walked with Jesus through the wilderness into Jerusalem and to the grave. Easter is a season of 50 days in which we name and claim our identity in Christ as an Easter People. Easter is a season of baptism and rebirth. Many of the scripture passages we will hear are about baptism or about Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Many churches use this as a season for baptisms and receptions into the church. It is the season when we re-explore our identity as Christians as it is the key to our faith tradition: that Jesus, the Son of God, died for our sins and rose to new life again from the grave. In doing so, Jesus has opened the pathway to everlasting life for all of us. Thanks be to God!

 Learning to give voice to our beliefs is a vital part of our faith in God and our membership in Christ’s body. What are some       ways we give voice to our faith?                                                                                                                                         (Singing hymns, praying, participating in communion – other ways, in our daily life, might include showing acts of kindness and mercy, volunteering to help others, sharing a story about God with our friends, etc.

There are many ways to give voice to our faith. What are some ways you have given voice to your faith either in church or out in the world?)

This week Peter calls on the people to repent and turn their hearts to Jesus. Peter is addressing a crowd of people who did not believe Jesus was the Son of God when he was sent to the cross to die; however, after the resurrection, many people heard rumors of this miraculous event and questioned their own disbelief. Immediately before today’s story, Peter and John offer the name of Christ to a crippled beggar on the road. At the name of Jesus the beggar is healed and jumps up and down in celebration. The people who witnessed that healing are amazed and confused. Peter’s monologue from today’s story is aimed at those people and at inviting them to believe in the One in whose name miraculous healing takes place.

 

Opening Prayer: Lord God, we pray that you would open our eyes to see you all around us. Amen.

 

Please open your Bibles to Acts 3:12-19 and read or read the scriptures below. 

Acts 3:12-19

12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Reflection Questions:

  • How do you think Peter felt when he spoke to the Israelites?
  • What do you think the Israelites thought when Peter spoke to them?
  • What do you think God would say if God were speaking to the people in this story?
  • Would it be easy to believe in Jesus if you lived back then?

 

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Videos (Click on the words or url)

A Lame Man Healed Full Movie From Acts Chapter 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7xy-FMBp6o

Third Sunday of Easter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG2iufoSAig

Activities:

Word Search:  https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/2248754/peter-speaks-to-onlookers/

Nicene Creed: Is it always easy to believe? As Christians we believe in a God who came down to earth, in the person of Jesus, walked among us. He went to the cross and died for our sins before being raised from the dead. We believe in a God who is the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of God that we believe still speaks in the world today. We believe in God the Creator who made all the things we see, and even those things we don’t see. We believe that God has made miracles, flooded the world, and loves us immeasurably. In short, we believe in a pretty unbelievable God! Every week in church we say together the words of the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed is an ancient statement of faith that unites us with Christians around the world. One of the neat things about the creed is that it gives us words to declare our faith when we might not be able to think of words on our own. Something that can be hard about the Creed though, is that it was written so long ago that the words might not feel like they speak to us where we are. In today’s story Peter tells the Israelites it is okay that they were hesitant to believe before, but now that they have seen the miracles possible when they believe they should declare their faith in God. Today we are going to reword our declaration of Faith.

Following is the Nicene Creed.   Think of new words to describe the sentences of the Creed. When you are all done you will have a Creed, or statement of faith, all our own!

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,* who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen

Write a new sentence, in your own words, that means the same thing as the word from original creed.  Write your new sentence on a piece of paper. 

For Example: The first part “We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.”

Might write: “We have faith in God, who is the parent and maker of all things. God even made the things we cannot see.”

Prayer:  One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, strengthen our faith, day by day. Amen.