Virtual Alive Gang

Alive Gang – Peter Heals (26th April 2020)

Today’s session explores the story of a man who couldn’t walk and had to be carried everywhere. We are going to think about how God works through people and how he worked through Peter.

Blanket Challenge!

You need: A blanket/sheet, A cuddly toy, Someone else to help you.

TASK: Place the toy in the middle of the blanket. Your challenge is to carry it across the room holding the blanket without it tipping or falling off.

Reflect: What made this easy/hard? Did you have to concentrate? How quickly could you walk to ensure they didn’t fall? In what way did you have t work as a team with the other people helping to make this a success?

What does the Bible say?

Read the following story taken from Acts 3:1-10. You may also want to watch the video clip.
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.
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. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

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.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 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.
Acts
3:1-10
Look at the following pictures from the story of Peter healing the man. Arrange them into the correct order. The first one has been done for you.

Check your answers at the bottom of the page!

Discuss

Read the following statements and choose the correct answer from the options in the box:

Check your answers at the bottom of the page!

  1. They were on their way to the temple to pray
  2. He was carried to the temple to beg for money
  3. He said they didn’t have any money
  4. He told the man to walk
  5. He helped the man stand up
  6. He jumped to his feet, walked, and praised God
  7. They were amazed that the man could now walk!
  8. He worked through Peter to heal the man who couldn’t walk
  9. He’s the one who really healed the man.
  • Man who couldn’t walk
  • Peter
  • John
  • People walking by
  • God

Peter, as a follower of Jesus, was always ready for God to work through him. Peter probably prayed every day and asked God to work through him so more people would come to know Jesus. The man who was healed and all the people who saw the miracle saw Jesus’ power and were amazed! God worked through Peter, and God can work through us too.

Activity

You can make your own ‘Happy Man Healed’ using the template and instructions here:

Just as God worked through Peter to do miraculous things, God can work through all of us. We may not perform the miracles that we read about but if we have faith and are willing, God can work through us all to do some amazing things.

Prayer

Lord God,

Help us to trust in you and have faith that you can work through us to do amazing things, just like you worked through Peter. Help us to remember to recognise you in all the amazing things you do in our lives, just like the man who was healed. May we be faithful and willing to live our lives for you.

Amen.

The Answers!

1.     They were on their way to the temple to pray Peter and John

2.     He was carried to the temple to beg for money Man who couldn’t walk

3.     He said they didn’t have any money Peter

4.     He told the man to walk Peter

5.     He helped the man stand up Peter

6.     He jumped to his feet, walked, and praised God Man who couldn’t walk

7.     They were amazed that the man could now walk! People walking by

8.     He worked through Peter to heal the man who couldn’t walk God

9.     He’s the one who really healed the man. God