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SESSION 4: THE FRONTLINE CONCERN
Key question: How do you know what to do on your Frontline?
Aim of session: To explore how we can become attentive to God’s voice in the places where we are day by day.
Core text: Acts 3:1-10
What has been happening on your frontline this week?
Questions to discuss from the Film
Bible Reflection – Acts 3: 1-10
3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. 3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. 4Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ 5And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6But Peter said, ‘I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.’ 7And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Peter and John distinguish between the crippled beggar’s ‘felt’ need (money) and his real need (healing).
• Thinking of your Frontline, how do you distinguish between the two?
Commenting on this miracle, the preacher and theologian John Stott put it this way, ‘the power was Jesus’, but the hand was Peter’s.’ Peter shows a readiness to respond in a new way to what must have been a very ordinary moment: a beggar asking for money. The difference comes from his confidence in Jesus’ power and purpose.
• What would help you to be able to take more notice of what God is doing on the Frontline?
Today has been……
I’ve been aware of ……
And that has made me …….
I need God to ………
I leave this place of fellowship,
to begin my worship.
I leave the presence of God,
to begin to find him.
I enter my week,
to discover you before me.
I enter my Frontline,
to discover you ahead of me.
I return to this place next time,
rejoicing in having found you. Amen.
In the week ahead…
Take notice of all the interruptions that happen to you in your normal life this week. Accept them as potential appointments that God is setting up for you. At the end of each day, think about what happened and what you were able to give to the people concerned. Notice what surprised you.