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Summary: The miracle of Gods love is available for anyone who is willing to recieve it.

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WHEN LAME MEN LEAP

ACTS 3:1-10

INTRO: READ - PRAY - IMAGINE IF YOU WILL, A SCIENTIST WHO DISCOVERS A CURE FOR ALL CANCER. IT IS EASY TO ADMINISTER, HAS NO NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS AND CURES ALL CANCER INSTANTLY. THE ONLY DIFFICULT PART ABOUT THIS CURE IS HOW IT IS TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE CANCER PATIENTS. THE ONLY WAY IT CAN BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE PATIENTS IS THROUGH PEOPLE WHO HAVE CANCER AND HAVE ALREADY TAKEN THIS CURE AND HAVE BEEN HEALED FROM THEIR CANCER. THESE CURED PEOPLE MUST BE WILLING TO TAKE THE MEDICINE TO EVERY CANCER PATIENT AND SAY TO THEM “LOOK AT ME I WAS LAME WITH CANCER, NOW I’M HEALED!” THEN THEY MUST OFFER TO HELP ADMINISTER THE MEDICINE TO THE CANCER PATIENT. IF THE CANCER PATIENT BELIEVES WHAT THE MESSENGER IS TELLING THEM AND ACCEPTS THE HELP BEING OFFERED THEY WILL BE CURED OF THEIR CANCER. THEN THEY MUST HELP TO SPREAD THIS AMAZING CURE TO OTHERS. I BELIEVE ANY CANCER PATIENT WOULD LEAP FOR JOY AT THIS NEWS!

SOUNDS PRETTY SIMPLE, ALSO SOUNDS LIKE THE RIGHT THING TO DO. IT IS LOVING, COMPASSIONATE AND HUMANE. IN ACTS 3:1-10 WE FIND A SIMILAR SCENE TO WHAT I HAVE JUST DESCRIBED. THERE IS AN ALARMING MAN WHO IS DESPERATELY SICK. HE IS GIVEN AN ASSURING MESSAGE THAT THERE IS A CURE FOR HIS DISEASE AND WE SEE AN AMAZING MIRACLE TAKE PLACE AS HE BELIEVES AND ACCEPTS THIS GOOD NEWS. TO BEGIN, LETS LOOK CLOSER AT …

I. THE ALARMING MAN. V2-3

A. HIS PROBLEM V2

“LAME FROM HIS MOTHERS WOMB” “WAS CARRIED”

1. HE COULD NOT…

WALK – CRIPPLED FOR LIFE,

WHAT FRIENDS HE HAD CARRIED HIM

WORK – BEG TO LIVE, NO CAREER

EDUCATION – PRIDE – VALUE

WISH – A BETTER LIFE, A FAMILY, SUCCESS

DREAM

WIN – ONLY PAIN AND SUFFERING, IN

DEATH NO ONE WOULD EVEN HAVE

MISSED HIM

ILL: A PICTURE OF ALL OF US HERE.

1. THIS MAN WAS BORN LAME - ALL OF US BORN LAME

IN SIN, UNABLE TO WALK IN A WAY PLEASING TO GOD.

2. THIS MAN WAS POOR – ALL SINNERS ARE BANKRUPT

BEFORE GOD, UNABLE TO PAY THE GREAT DEBT WE

OWE FOR OUR SIN.

3. THIS MAN WAS OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE OF GOD – ALL

SINNERS ARE SEPARATED FROM GOD

4. THIS MAN WAS HEALED WHOLLY BY GODS GRACE –

THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO TO GET TO GOD, ONLY

BY HIS GRACE CAN WE COME TO HIM.

5. THIS MAN WAS HEALED IMMEDIATELY – WHEN A

SINNER COMES TO CHRIST WE ARE IMMEDIATELY

SAVED JUST AS WE ARE.

6. THE CHANGE IN THIS MAN WAS EVIDENT TO ALL –

WHEN A SINNER COMES TO CHRIST THERE IS A

CHANGE FOR THE BETTER AND PEOPLE KNOW IT.

B. V3 THIS MAN SAW PETER AND JOHN AND HOPED FOR A

FEW PENNIES. WHAT HE RECEIVED WAS SO MUCH

MORE. HE RECEIVED…

II. THE ASSURING MESSAGE. V4-6

A. THE MESSAGE WRAPPED IN PEOPLE V4 “LOOK AT US”

WHAT DID HE SEE?

1. WEALTH AND RICHES ILL: SAINT WALKS IN ON

BISHOP AND SEES HIM COUNTING MONEY.

EXCUSE ME I DID NOT MEAN TO INTERRUPT. AS HE TURNS TO LEAVE THE BISHOP SAYS “NO LONGER CAN THE CHURCH SAY SILVER AND GOLD HAVE I NONE.” AS THE SAINT PULLS THE DOOR TO CLOSE IT HE RESPONDS, “NEITHER CAN THE CHURCH SAY TO THE LAME MAN RISE UP & WALK.”

WHAT HE NEEDED COULD NOT BE FOUND IN RICHES.

BUT WHAT HE SAW, REVEALED TO HIM HIS REAL NEED.

2. HE SAW LOVE AND HE HEARD TRUTH

THESE ARE INSEPARABLE TO THE CHRISTIAN


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