Summary: The Account in Acts 3 and 4 deals with just a regular day, but God turned it for many people into an extraordinary day. There was a healing, preaching, two men arrested, and a major church growth, because of the working of God.
God Changes The Ordinary Into Extraordinary
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1.) Have you ever got out of bed thinking this is going to be an ordinary run of the mill day, but by the end of the day, you found it was anything but?
2.) That is exactly the kind of picture we see in our text today.
3.) As we look at this account of Scripture it was just your regular boring, dull, normal, and average kind of day until 3:00 that afternoon.
4.) But the few remaining hours of that day were far from ordinary.
5.) There are a number of characters involved in this Scripture, and for each of them it turned out to be a day that was different than they had expected.
A.) We see a crippled man over forty years of age who thought this would be just another day of lying beside the gate of the temple begging for money.
aa.) For him, this ordinary day turned very unordinary as he experienced firsthand the miraculous healing power of God.
B.) Peter and John were going to an ordinary prayer meeting but this also became quite extraordonary, when God used them to heal this man.
C.) The healing miracle presented Peter the opportunity to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, which turned into a quite extraordonary experience and even some conflict.
ca.) In fact, in the middle of his sermon he was interrupted by the Jewish religious leaders.
caa.) This interruption ended the preaching and resulted in Peter and John being arrested and thrown into prison for the night.
D.) The people who witnessed this miracle were filled with awe and wonder and found it to be more than just an ordinary day as, the church grew to 5,000 men.
da.) Certainly for a day everyone thought would be ordinary, God made it extraordinary.
6.) Let us take a few minutes and examine four things that changed this day from the ordinary to the extraordinary:
I. A PRAYERFUL PEOPLE.
1.) It Was an hour of prayer.
A.) Jewish people recognized three hours a day for prayer.
aa.) At 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. many of the Jewish people would go to the temple for a time of prayer.
B.) After the establishment of the Church many of the early Jewish Christians continued with these three times of daily prayer.
ba.) Certainly it was an action from the people of God that moved the church closer to God, so that God could change the ordinary into extraordinary.
bb.) In the history of the church, prayer has many times moved the church closer to God.
bc.) When the church is actively seeking God, we should believe that God will choose to do something great and wonderful; something that is bigger than ourselves, and clearly by the power of God.
bca.) Prayer is the doorway that takes us from the workings of man, to the power and working of God.
bcb.) For many of the church, this was a time of seeking God and the great power that comes from His Almighty hand.
.01) But for this crippled beggar he was thinking of something quite different.
.011) This beggar may not have been so focused on the time of prayer as he was focused on getting enough money so he could have supper that night.