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- Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
- Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
- List out all that you are grateful for.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF ACTS
Acts 9:32-43 (ESV)
32 Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.
36 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and Acts of charity. 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.
- What can I learn from this picture of Peter going from town to town to minister to the established and growing churches?
- What can I infer about Tabitha’s character and the relationships within the early church at Joppa) given the scene at her deathbed?
- Note the similarities between this miracle and the raising of Jairus’s daughter (Mark 5:35-43). Here is a picture of how Peter has taken up the work that Jesus carried out while he was on earth. In what ways can I imitate Jesus and take up his ministry in my life?
 Acts, The NIV Application Commentary Series, p.302
 Acts, The NIV Application Commentary Series, p.302-4.
 John Stott, The Spirit, the Church, and the World, (Intervarsity Press, 1990) 178-9.