How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Recall from Sunday:

  1. Dignity Given: God made us in his image to represent him in the world

  2. Dignity Stolen: the world says we don’t matter, but the church is supposed to be a community of rehabilitation, meaning “to invest again with dignity”.

  3. Dignity Restored: Peter and John began to rehabilitate the lame beggar even as they looked at him. Sometimes just our willing presence begins restoring the dignity the world has stolen.

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

What rooms has God called you to represent him in? How would your days be different if you remembered your vocation to represent him everywhere you go?

How has the world communicated to you that you don’t really matter? What has stolen your dignity?

In what ways does the church indirectly and unknowingly diminish the dignity of some people? How can you be part of the solution?

Who is God calling you to be present with? Who can you offer the dignity of your attention to?