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).