Summary: This sermon is about the restoration that Jesus brings.
From Trash to Treasure – Acts 3:11-26
It was, is, and will be through Jesus that…
1. The lame man was physically restored – v. 11-16
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2. You can be spiritually restored – v. 17-20
Someone told of a church that believed in sinless perfection once you trusted Jesus Christ into your life and were baptized. A visitor to that church heard this teaching and asked to be baptized. He was tired of dealing with his habitual sin without any success. Unfortunately, it was in the middle of winter and the river was near frozen.
The man with much persistence got the Elders to baptize him in the river. After the man and two Elders came out of the freezing cold water, the man was so excited, he said, "I feel so good, I’m not even cold." One Elder turned to the other and said, "He’s lying, we have to do it again."
3. All things will eventually be restored – v. 21-26
I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His.
—Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place