In every case of conversion, a change occurred, but in some cases the change was more apparent. Since change is what God expects in us (Rom 8:28-30; 12:1-2), what must we do to change? And, how can we help to change others too?
I. CHARACTERS (Acts 3:1-3)
- Victory: Peter and John (Acts 2:14-47 — Joel 2:28-32; Isa 2:1-4; Dan 2:44-45)
- Defeat: Lame beggar (Luke 16:19-31; Mark 10:46-52)
II. A CASE OF CHANGE
- Focus: Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:4–6; — 2 Tim 2:14; 1 Cor 2:1-2)
- Rely: Power of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:7–11)
- Trust: Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:12-26 — Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 1:21)
III. HOW TO CHANGE
- Yourself: Stay alert to your greatest need (salvation, focus, rely, trust)
- Others: Stay alert to their needs (body and spirit)
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
“Therefore, repent and return [be converted], so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).