Walking and Leaping and Praising ~ Acts 3 {Object Lesson}

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Acts 3


  • To explain prayer as a way to ask God to bless us with what is best in each circumstance and to praise Him when he does
  • To list events Acts 3
  • To describe God’s best for us does not mean we receive it immediately

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; 3 non-seethrough cups (label them 1, 2 and 3); 1 quarter; $1 bill; $20 bill

Geography: Israel; Jerusalem

Background: On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit swooped down onto the disciples in power and over 3,000 people were added to the newly formed church.

Main Events of Acts 3:

{SET UP: Without the students watching, place the three cups upside down on a table. Under one place the dollar. Under another one place the $20. You will play a version of “Let’s Make a Deal.”}

Acts 3 lesson

{Give the students the quarter.} You, as a group, have one quarter. How much is that worth? (25 cents) Would you like to have something better? Something that is worth more? (Yes) I have three cups in front of me. You don’t know what is under them. If you want to, I am going to let you choose which cup you would like, BUT you have to give me the quarter. You lose it when you give it to me. You do not HAVE to choose a cup. You CAN keep the quarter.

{If the group decides to choose a cup, take away the quarter, and here are the options for what to say. Allow the students to continue “trading” until all of the cups have been turned over.}

Empty cup{If chosen first or after the $1 or $20 bills} You exchanged your (quarter, $1 bill, or $20 bill) and received NOTHING! Oh no! This was a bad decision. It was a risk you took and unfortunately it did not turn out well for you.

$1 cup{If chosen first, or after the empty cup} This is better! Instead of (a quarter or nothing), now you have $1 bill! That is better. But is this the BEST that can happen?
{If chosen after the $20 bill} Oh no! You already had the BEST thing! And now you lost it. Well, $1 is better than nothing or a just a quarter.

$20 cup{If chosen first or second.} WOW! $20! That’s better than a (quarter, $1, or nothing). I wonder if this is the best you can do? What else could be under these cups?
{If chosen as the last cup} WOW!! You now have the BEST! A $1 bill is better, but a $20 bill is best.

After the day of Pentecost, Peter and John went to the temple to pray around 3:00 in the afternoon. At the same time, a lame man was being carried by some people and placed at his normal spot to beg for money, or alms. He was a poor man, lame from birth. The lame man saw Peter and John and asked for alms.

Now think a minute: What does God want to do for us? Give us something better? Or give us His best? (Give us His best)

The man called out for alms and Peter replied that he had no silver or gold. How disappointing for the lame man! He needed money so he could eat, and to have a place to live. Imagine how disappointed him might have felt. He didn’t even had a quarter to exchange. He had nothing! {Hold up the cup that had nothing under it.}

Peter continued, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I will give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and WALK!” And Peter grabbed the hand of the lame man and pulled him to his feet. The bible says that strength came immediately to his feet!

Jerusalem - The Eastern Gate *photo by Ray Gobert, used by permission
Jerusalem – The Eastern Gate

The lame man wanted something better than he had. He wanted money for his immediate needs. But what Peter gave, what GOD gave, was something that was BEST! The lame man could walk, fend for himself, get a job, everything any other person could do. The man was so overjoyed that he went walking and leaping and praising God all the way into the temple with Peter and John.

And everyone around knew who the lame man was and praised God with him. He had sat in that begging place for years and now he was healed!

Peter noticed how all of the people were in awe and he started to preach just as he did on the day of Pentecost. He taught about the Old Testament, Jesus, Jesus dying and being raised from the dead.

Application of Acts 3:

In the name of Jesus, Peter healed the lame man. {Hold up the $1 bill.} He was seeking something better than what he had. {Hold up the $20 bill.} But God wanted to give the lame man what was best for him: healing.

There are times when we pray to God asking him for something better in our lives and we are seeking a specific answer. Usually its an answer that we really want. It could be anything. A good grade on a test. A better friendship with someone. An awesome present at Christmas time. Maybe for parents to stop fighting. Perhaps, you want to be able to read better, or work math problems better. Perhaps someone is bothering you at school. Whatever it might be that we ask from God is fine. It’s good. It is good to ask. But what if it isn’t God’s best for us? Should we pray differently?

What if instead of asking God to do something specific, we gave Him the issue and asked Him to handle it His way? This means we have to trust God with the understanding that He loves us and desires to do what is best for us. This also means that we might have to wait for an answer. The lame man was healed immediately, but that does not mean God will answer our prayers immediately. He might, but we can trust Him that He WILL answer.

Because of what God did, the man went walking and leaping and praising God. Do you do that when God blesses you? Do you thank God for the good things in your life? Not just material items, but what about your family? school? church? the nation you live in? your health? the fact that you CAN walk? What about thanking God for your weaknesses? That sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But scripture over and over tells us that through the weakness of people, God is strong.

Modification for Older Children:

When you swapped cups, you took a risk. It was risky to trade the quarter and $1 bill. It was not so risky if you had nothing. Serving God is risky. We don’t know what He is going to do when we come to Him with our prayers, but we CAN trust Him completely. He is the only One who is completely faithful. Sometimes because of our own sin choices, we come to God with nothing and all we can do is offer ourselves….and that is what He wants. Everything!

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6 thoughts on “Walking and Leaping and Praising ~ Acts 3 {Object Lesson}”

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  3. i loved the application!! great message. cant wait for our children s service to preach to the kids im not just the kids will be blessed but also the parents.

  4. Walking and leaping and praising God is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I know the children will love it. Do you have printable pages for the children to color?

    1. futureflyingsaucers

      Hello! Thank you! No, right now I do not have coloring pages for this lesson. I hope to add those as I update. Thank you for your patience. 🙂

  5. Acts 3: 1 – 10 The most significant moment in the history of mankind. WHY?
    Here is a man who most people including himself would say “most unluckiest” or “Reject of the society”.
    Here is a man who has given up hope on himself or rather let us say “One who missed the healing bus by a whisker”. How?

    Let us look at the background of this LAME MAN.

    He is born lame from birth (Acts 3: 2). In-fact he was deformed before he was born, observe “man who was lame from his mother’s womb”.
    He was over 40 of age (ACTS 4:22). For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
    Everyone who came to temple to worship knew him very well (ACTS 3: 9-10). When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 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.

    Even Jesus ignored him See (John 10:14).

    As Jesus was walking in the Solomon’s Colonnade, the Pharisees and Scribes questioned him about himself. The one of the most significant entrance to Solomon’s Colonnade is through the Gate called Beautiful. It is hard to miss this man sitting at the temple gate called Beautiful when rest of the people who saw him after he was healed recognized him as one who sat at the gate called beautiful begging for alms. This same Peter and John walked with Jesus along with other disciple into the temple courts when Jesus had that encounter mentioned in John 10:14.

    Just two weeks before Jesus was crucified, Jesus violated the basic norm of Jews Temple laws laid down by Moses as mentioned in Leviticus 21:18 (For no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a disfigured face, or any deformed limb,) which could have led to stoning Jesus with his disciple if this “Amazing miracles” did not happened as recorded in Mathew 21:14 ( The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.) This was in fact what Jesus wanted to happen that whoever with any sickness or defect who approach the temple of God in His Presence should be healed there by revealing the true nature of God.

    But our Lame Man who “Missed this Healing Bus by a Whisker”. And of course, this Peter and John with rest of all disciple where with Jesus during this amazing healing as mention in Mathew 21:14. Like many, like Peter and John may have lamented the fate of this man. That may have led this man to live the rest of his lives without hope to live out with this condition. Like any other day, Peter and John went to the temple to pray at 3pm afternoon and this lame was also being laid to beg for alms as it was routine.

    But this moment the most significant healing in the history of mankind.

    This was first miracle done by an ordinary, unschooled men as mentioned in ACTS 4:13 after ascending of Jesus to heaven fulfilling the promise He said in John 14:12 Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
    Peter and John accomplished something which Jesus himself could not do during his ministry on earth. this miracle was the beginning of that.
    When Jesus healed the lame and the blind at this very temple court in Mathew 21:14, salvation of a single soul could never happened. Because Jesus was not yet Glorified by crucifixion and death and he did not rise from the dead yet.

    But at sight of this lame man who was completely healed standing with Peter and John, number of people who believed in Christ and saved in the name of Jesus rose to 5000 men as recorded in ACTS 4:4.
    This is greatest moment in history of mankind!!!!
    So your troubles and sorrows and failures in life that you may have that made you into who you are, is not end of your fate. Like Sputnik launched into the space for ever, your sorrow and troubles and failures may one day launch you into eternal salvation of many at your testimony of your life.

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