3. The assemblies throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria prospered.
— A season of peace
— Strengthened, edified
— Increased in numbers
— Walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit
Long-term paralysis healed
As Peter ministers throughout all parts of the country, he finds a specific man named Aeneas whom God wants to heal from eight years of paralysis.
—God leads us even when we don’t realize it.
—No human condition is too hard for God. He created us, so he knows how to fix what’s broken..
Dorcas brought back to life
This time, some disciples heard Peter was nearby in Lydda, so they sent two men who urged him to come right away. Peter went with them. He found that Tabitha (Dorcas), a beloved believer, had already died and many widows wept over her. He sent them out of the room. Peter prayed, then turned and spoke to the dead body saying, “Tabitha, get up!”
We have three accounts of Jesus raising someone from the dead: The widow of Nain, Jairus’ daughter, and Lazarus. Each time, Jesus was moved with compassion. Peter probably remembered those miracles and the dead-raising stories of Elijah and Elisha. He followed Jesus’ example and spoke to the body.
—God is moved with compassion when we grieve.
—God works signs, wonders, and miracles because of his love and mercy.
—Miracles spark belief and revivals.
5. Today’s passage encourages me to pray for the sick (and the dead).
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My answers to BSF Bible Study Fellowship questions Acts + Letters of the Apostles Lesson 7 Day 2