43. The Beauty of Being Stuck

Reading Plan

If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon:

  1. MONDAY: Romans 1:1-17
  2. TUESDAY: Psalm 84
  3. WEDNESDAY: 2 Corinthians 3
  4. THURSDAY: Acts 2 (the church on the move)
  5. FRIDAY: Acts 3
  6. SATURDAY: Acts 4
  7. SUNDAY: Acts 17:16-31 (in him we live and move)

eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!

Sermon Notes: “The Beauty of Being Stuck” ⤵️

Preacher: Robert Madu, itinerant preacher
Passage: Acts 3:1-10
Title: The Beauty of Being Stuck
Date: March 15, 2020

Today’s sermon notes were taken during the 9:30 livestream from the Ballentyne campus.

3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 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. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 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.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 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, NIV

A. God Created Us for Movement

  • Regardless of where you are today, know this: “Today is the day that the LORD has made!” (Psalm 118:24)
  • News “anchor,” good news anchor, the Gospel sinks into our souls.
  • The enemy loves to remind you of what you do not have. (Acts 3:6)
  • The airport is designed to suck the fruit of spirit out of you.
  • Robert’s Rules of Flying: Non-stop flights only. But there are some places where if you want to go, you have to stop and make a connection.
  • The only problem with the moving walkway are the people on the moving walkway who refuse to move. Frustration isn’t that you’re standing; you can stand anywhere you want! But you are causing stagnation in a place designed to move.
  • You are not created to be stuck; God created us for movement. He is always taking you somewhere:
    • Faith to faith (Romans 1:17)
    • Strength to strength (Psalm 84:7)
    • Glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18)
    • The steps (not the stuckness) of the righteous are ordered by God. (Psalm 37:23)
    • The spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)
  • We have a propensity to always get stuck.
    • Stuck going to the same restaurants
    • Stuck sitting in the same spot at church
    • Stuck in a relationship
    • Stuck with the same girl (she has different names but she’s the same person)
    • Sickness of stuckness

B. Collaboration, not Contradiction

  • Genesis 3 to Acts 3
    • Like the man in Acts 3, we are born spiritually lame (stuck): We didn’t have to be taught how to be selfish or how to lie
    • John the Baptist and Jesus: First met “in water” (in utero) (Luke 1:41) and met again in water (baptism) (Luke 3:21)
    • Holy Spirit moves in the upper room full of disciples who were “stuck” (Acts 2)
    • Now Peter and John have the Holy Spirit and they head to the temple to pray (Acts 3)
  • This was a prototype miracle
    • Peter and John had very little in common (other than them both being disciples, they were different age (TikTok v. Facebook), different disposition (gentle v. fierce))
    • What culture sees as contradiction the church sees as collaboration: big heart (John) and big mouth (Peter)
  • Don’t get stuck in the same place, we were made for change
    • “You seem stuck up.”
    • “No, I’m just ‘up.’ You’re ‘stuck.'”
  • “Billy” and “Bob” (the guys who dropped off the lame man in the temple to beg)
    • Collaborators to a sick system
    • They didn’t want the lame man to get healed
    • They were benefiting from his stuckness
    • “Billy” and “Bob” can be anybody: the news, the person you’re sitting next to
    • [Nick: Pastor Robert’s assertion that “Billy” and “Bob” (the people who were carrying the lame man to the temple each day) were taking a cut of the lame man’s money doesn’t have any basis in Acts 3:2. His point about some people wanting others to stay stuck could have been made in a better way: Jesus (in the Gospels) and the apostles (in Acts) spoke against those who wanted others to stay stuck: the religious leaders. In Acts 4, it’s the religious leaders who tell Peter and John not to preach in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:17).]
    • But there are “Peters” and “Johns” who want to pull you out of your stuckness and into God’s purpose
    • His greatest miracle was on the other side of his greatest disappointment

C. The Beauty of Being Stuck

  • The beauty of being stuck is that you don’t have to stay stuck.
  • You can’t get yourself unstuck, but you can to come to God with your arms raised.
  • Jesus can get you unstuck. He’ll meet you right where you are.

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