Peter used the miraculous healing of the lame man to teach those curious about the Lord Jesus Christ and salvation. He said they should not have been surprised! Like today, most of them did not know the meaning of the word “salvation,” but without using the word “salvation,” Peter described salvation using words people could understand. He did so by telling them some of the benefits if they placed their faith in Jesus Christ. We can use Peter’s example to teach our students a way of telling unbelievers, who do not know Bible words, about Jesus.
First, from our study of Acts 3, as Bible teachers and Christians, we can teach like Peter. Through faith in Jesus and with His help, we can do things beyond our own power, abilities, or spiritual maturity. Through our preparations to teach, Jesus can help us know how to and enable us to tell others the truth about Him. The Holy Spirit within us can also enable us to tell others the truth about their behavior in a way that can help them make changes with Jesus’ help. Sometimes our prayers will heal someone or help someone come to believe in Jesus. As we study, we can learn and tell others the history of Jesus and how He fulfilled the Bible’s prophecies and teachings. We can also tell people how to receive the benefits Peter listed: they need to repent and turn to God.
Finally, from our lesson on Acts 3, we can tell people the benefits of repenting (turning away from our sins) and turning to God in Jesus Christ. If they turn to Jesus, all their sins will be wiped out; not only forgiven, but totally wiped out as totally as the words or sand castles on a beach at high tide. They will experience times of refreshing and joy from the Lord. When God sends the Messiah back into this world, they will receive the benefits of His return (and become leaders with Him). They will experience God’s restoration of all things, including His total restoration of themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Because of all these benefits and more, they will want to listen to everything Jesus tells them in the Bible; God will bless them, and Jesus will turn them from their wicked ways. The word “salvation” includes all these benefits.
Can you share other ways Jesus helps you teach? Can you share additional ways to teach the benefits of salvation to believers and unbelievers?
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