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March 3, 2024
53m 28s

When Miracles Get Messy

by Johnson Bowie
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.” But what exactly does that mean, especially when it comes to living out Jesus’ call to be light in a dark world and, ultimately, to make disciples wherever we go? Tune in to discover the power of preparation and what it looks like to live prepared for whatever, and whoever, God sends along our path as we journey with Him.
Sermon Notes

Acts 3:1-2 NIV
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.

Acts 3:3-10 NIV
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

What Does It Look Like to Be Prepared?

  1. We must be prepared to make people RICH wherever they are POOR.

Acts 3:11-13 NIV
While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. When Peter SAW this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus...”

Acts 3:19 NIV
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord


  • Rest
  • Relief from distressful, burdensome circumstances
  • To catch your breath

Acts 4:1-4 NIV
The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

What Does It Look Like to Be Prepared?

  • We must be prepared for the MESS that follows the MIRACLE.

Proverbs 14:4 NLT
Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

Acts 4:8-12 NIV
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in NO ONE ELSE, for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

What Does It Look Like to Be Prepared?

  • We must be prepared with the message that JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY.

Acts 4:13 NIV
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

John 14:6 NIV
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

“All religions are exclusive, but Christianity is the most inclusive exclusivity there is.”
— Tim Keller

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