Outline: This sermon is the first in a series from the Acts of the Apostles entitled “Lessons from the Early Church.” The theme for the evening was “Power in Healing” from Acts 3, the well known story of Peter and John healing the lame man at the Temple gate in Jerusalem.
Firstly, the sermon looks at the healing miracle then (1st century) and we see in it both a gracious act of God to crippled man - but also a signpost pointing to the identity of Jesus as Son of God and Saviour of the World. In particular, Peter uses the miracle as a launch pad for a powerful sermon which sees many people brought into the Kingdom of God.
Secondly, we address the question “Does God heal miraculously today?” and come to the conclusion, sometimes yes, sometimes no! The framework for such an answer is the tension all believers experience between God’s Kingdom Now and Not Yet. This encourages us to pray for healing expectantly but also to accept the fact that God may say no but use the experience of suffering to deepen faith and trust in him (my grace is sufficient for you).
Finally we look at the importance of praying for healing “in the name of Jesus”
(The very beginning of the sermon is missing on the recording)