Miracles Through Peter

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ACTS 9:32-43

Peter’s Ministry

32 Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the [a]saints who lived at [b]Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed.” Immediately he got up. 35 And all who lived at [c]Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

36 Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called [d]Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did. 37 And it happened [e]at that time that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, “Do not delay in coming to us.” 39 So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the [f]tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them. 40 But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the [g]saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.43 And Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a tanner named Simon.

Discussion Questions

March 17th ,2019

1. We see in the Book of Acts that as the Church continued to grow God gave attesting (proving) miracles to show this new work of the Holy Spirit was of Him, and today's text shows this activity through the Apostle Peter with the healing of Aeneas (verses 32-35) and the raising of Tabitha (verses 36-43). WHAT SOURCE DID PETER GO TO IN MINISTERING TO AENEAS AND TABITHA (verses 34 and 40)? HOW DOES THIS COMPARE WITH JESUS' TEACHING IN JOHN 15:5? IS THIS WHAT YOU SEE IN MANY "FAITH HEALERS" TODAY?

2. As people responded to these miracles in Acts 9:32-43 their focus was that they "turned to the Lord" (verse 35--also see I Thessalonians 1:9) and "many believed in the Lord" (verse 42). WHY IS THIS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS TEXT? WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE PURPOSE OF MIRACLES? See Acts 5:12-16, Mark 16:17-18 and John 20:30.

3. While having coffee with some Christian friends the conversation turns to miracles today, and it quickly becomes clear that there is disagreement among the group: some believe miracles should be the norm today, if accompanied by faith; others believe miracles were limited only to the time of the Bible; and still others believe that miracles can and do happen today but are not necessarily happening as in Bible times. WHERE WOULD YOU TAKE YOUR STAND ON THE ISSUE OF MIRACLES TODAY? As always, use Scripture to support your claim (you could start with the texts cited in Question #2 above).