Refreshing our Spirits (Acts 3:11-26)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, September 18, 2022
Part of the Heart of Our Story series, preached at a Sunday Online service

Acts 3:11–26 (Listen)

11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.

17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”


Sermon Notes

Heart of Our Story
Refreshing our Spirits
Acts 3:11-26

Do you feel refreshed daily?

*Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ - Philemon 1:20

*so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company. Romans 15:32

*While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement. But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? Acts 3:11-12

*Therefore repent and return, so that your sins be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19

*For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways. Acts 3:26

I. Clarification of God's plan - Acts 3:11-15
A. Question that challenged conventional thinking
B. Forefathers all understood God had a plan
C. Betrayal and death would lead to life

II. Call to a fresh encounter - Acts 3:16-21
A. Power of faith in Jesus
B. Prophecy was fulfilled
C. Repent and return for a refreshing encounter

III. Complete Story of God's ways - Acts 3:22-26
A. Moses - Heed the truth
B. Samuel and prophets-experience the covenant
C. YOU - blessed to follow Him

Does His presence refresh your heart?

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