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Sunday, February 18, 2018: “Faithful Disciples” Practical Points for Discussion

                               Sunday, February 18, 2018

Lesson Text: Acts 9:36-43

King James Version (KJV)

I. A FAITHFUL FRIEND (Acts 9:36-38)

36. Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

37. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

38. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

 

II. A FAITHFUL GOD (Acts 9:39-43)

39. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

40. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

41. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

42. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

43. And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

 

New International Version (NIV)

I. A FAITHFUL FRIEND (Acts 9:36-38)

36. In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.

37. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.

38. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

 

II. A FAITHFUL GOD (Acts 9:39-43)

39. Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40. Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

41. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.

42. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.

43. Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.

 

 

PRACTICAL POINTS FOR DISCUSSION:

1. When Christians serve lovingly wherever they are, they are great witnesses for Jesus Christ (Acts 9:36).

2. When we demonstrate an active faith in life, it will leave a lasting impression on those we encounter even after our death (Acts 9:37-39).

3. God works through those who submit to Him in faith, and rely on His power (Acts 9:40).

4. Even today, God is still using those who trust that He can bring life in the midst of death (Acts 9:41).

5. As believers in Jesus Christ, God calls us to reveal His truth to everyone who will listen (Acts 9:42-43).

 

 

***The Bible Expositor and Illuminator, Union Gospel Press***

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