The Gospel Goes Here and There
Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
1. THE HEALING OF ANEAS
2. THE RAISING OF TABITHA
3. THREE IMPLICATIONS
a. The Call to Compassion
b. The Mission to Go: Ongoing movement of the gospel deeper
into more cities.
c. The Encouragement of Growth: In both passages the theme is
the people turning to the Lord in faith
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Community Group Questions
Generosity and compassion are often highlighted in the book of Acts. In the two episodes of Acts 9:32-43 we see the Lord’s compassion for Aeneas and Tabitha. We also see Tabitha’s generosity among the widows of Joppa. How does the compassion we see in the gospel compel our own compassion?
In Acts 9:32 we see Peter going “here and there” with the gospel. Is there a neighborhood, or community, or people group in our county that you would like to share with your Community Group that you think you might be able to work together to draw near to in compassion. (Remember the word compassion means to “suffer with” and suggests a relational nearness.)
In both passages the end result is that people turned to the Lord and many believed. As we labor in gospel proclamation and compassion sometimes it can feel like there is very little progress or fruit. How might the fact that it is Jesus who heals (see v. 34) and the story of perseverance in the face of trials and persecution in Acts encourage us also to persevere in gospel ministry?