Hey Table Church fam! Thank you for joining us tonight and for those of you who may be tuning in to us for the first time, we want to say welcome and that we appreciate you joining us!
Last week, we dove headfirst into Acts 2! We dove into fears but also how God can reveal the truths in our lives. When we look at fears, what is something you’re afraid of? Maybe it’s spiders, lizards, snakes or something else? Take a moment and post an emoji or a GIF in the comments section of the video something you may be afraid of!
In Acts 2 we see the heartbeat of the church and in particular Table Church! The vision that God laid out for us as we plant a church is the epitome of Acts 2:46-47
Acts 2:46-47: “46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
We are a church that believes of meeting in the homes, sharing meals together, then coming together as a community of believers to worship and dig deeper into God’s word. What we have experienced in life is that deep, meaningful conversations happen around a table. Having coffee with a friend at your local coffee shot, sharing a meal together at your favorite restaurant, the conversations we have are around the table. The church and life is about building relationships!
Tonight as we continue our journey through the book of Acts, I’m praying that God just continues to unveil new things in our lives where we can just say YES and AMEN to. I pray that most of all, that during this time of isolation that we aren’t running away because we are lost, but running to God to draw closer to him!
Acts 3:1-10: “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 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. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 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.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 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.”
I want us to dive into this passage of scripture and look at a couple of practical things that we can take into our lives and share them with others.
When we look at the first two verses in Acts 3, first we see Peter and John going to pray. Knowing these two apostles, they consistently took time out of their day to pray to God. Maybe it wasn’t the same time every day but they found time in their days to do it. The second thing we see consistently is the man who was a lame beggar was outside of the temple gates every day to beg for money, food, etc. When we look at a Acts 4:22 where Peter and John was before the Sanhedrin, Luke wrote “For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.” We see this man consistently being carried out to the front of the temple gates for years and years. There was a consistency in his life. Here is the thing, what does consistency look in your life? Our definition of consistency maybe different than the person sitting next to us.
There is a book written by Gwen Jackson called “Unforced Rhythms” that tackles what consistency looks in your life when it comes to engaging God in your own personal time.
First rhythm is for daily people who anchor themselves in the routine of life. This is where they live effectively, happily, and purposefully. They enter their day-to-day routines knowing what they need to do and how to get it done.
Maybe you are a weekly/monthly person where a couple times a week is a good week. Weekly/monthly people anchor themselves in the tasks and goals of work and life. They have the capacity to spin several plates at once,embrace spontaneity, and have the ability to keep life well organized. This is rhythm maybe a couple times a week, once a week or maybe monthly.
Last rhythm is a seasonal/yearly people. Seasonal people anchor themselves in processing life in blocks of time. This could align with the seasonal changes of the calendar year or in just what's happening in life during a certain timeframe.
I wholeheartedly want to be a daily person! I strive to be that person but ultimately I know I’m not. My rhythm and my relationship with God is different than any other! I have to allow myself grace knowing that I’m not a daily person. The point is having a consistency in your routine whatever type of person you are. Rhythm creates consistency! Your consistency can lead to a deeper relationship with God but also others.
2. Where’s our focus?
When we look at this “lame beggar”, where was his focus? He was hoping that someone would spare him some change or give him some food. He was focused on surviving! Let’s go back to the Gospels where we see Jesus walking on water and the disciples think they have seen a ghost. Then one calls out to him that if it is Jesus, have him come out to him. Then we see this disciple walking out on the water towards Jesus and then this gust of wind takes his focus off Jesus. We see this man fall into the water and cries out save me! Do we remember who that disciple was that walked on water? It was Peter! And who is the one that is talking to the lame beggar in Acts 3? It was Peter! Peter understood where the focus needed to be on!
Can we go back to the lame beggar for a moment here? His expectation and what he had experienced for many years was doing whatever it took to survive. If that meant begging for money for food or whatever else, he did it. Do you know what he was not looking for? He wasn’t looking for the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t until Peter grabbed his attention in verse 4 that the focus was there. I believe though the beggar thought he was going to get money but the gift was much bigger than money! The miracle could not happen without a response though. Look at verse 7 where the beggar gave his right hand to Peter. He could of say no way and thought Peter was speaking far out of left field. It wasn’t until he said yes and he got helped up that he was healed. What’s our response when the Holy Spirit extends his hand?
In closing, our God does not want us surviving, he wants us to thrive! We need to find what consistency looks like in our personal relationship with God. Our relationship is different than any others because it’s yours! Then where’s our focus? I know in this uncertain time of COVID-19, our mindset maybe surviving. It’s this time of uncertainty, time of waiting that tests our faith the most! What are we focused on during these times? What is our response going to be?