ESL for Acts 3

1.  In Acts 3:1-20, search for the eleven vocabulary words listed in #2.

Acts 3Acts 3:1-10  One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 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. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

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.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 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.

11 While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.” NIV®

2.  Read Acts 3:1-20 in your native language. Then play this quick matching game. Time yourself. Can you do it in two minutes?

_____ 1.  Lame                       A.  To set free

_____ 2.  Beg                          B.  Not having knowledge of the facts

_____ 3.  Astonished              C.  Causing a good, renewed feeling

_____ 4.  Godliness                D.  Very surprised

_____ 5.  Hand over               E.  Unable to walk or unable to walk well

_____ 6.  Disown                    F.  To recognize sin and turn away from it

_____ 7.  Release                    G.  Having goodness and other characteristics related to God

_____ 8.  Author                    H.  For a person to say that someone or something does not belong to him.

_____ 9.  Ignorance                I.   A writer who creates a story or other written work

_____ 10. Repent                    J.  To place something in another person’s hands

_____ 11. Refreshing              K.  To ask strongly for something as a favor

(Answers are at the end.)

3.  Analogy Game

Think about how the first pair of words are related, and then fill in the blank with the best word to relate the last pair in the same way. Try the game without the word box, and then use the word box to go over your answers.

a.  Lame is to leg as deaf is to _____________.

b.  Beg is to beggar as read is to _____________.

c.  Astonished is to surprised as large is to _____________.

d.  Godliness is to God as evil is to S_____________.

e.  Hand over is to keep as happy is to _____________.

f.  Disown is to claim as shut is to ___________.

g.  Release is to captivity as relief is to ____________.

h.  Author is to book as photographer is to  ____________.

i.   Ignorance is to knowledge as being poor is to being ___________.

j.   Repent is to repentance as grow is to ____________. (verb to noun with the same root)

k.  Refreshing is to water as burning is to ___________. (another one of the “four elements”)

Word Box

 growth       big        ear        fire        Satan          photo        sad        worry        rich        open      reader

(Answers are at the end.) 

4. Try to use the new words to fill in the blanks without looking at #2 above.

a.  Poor people often ____________ at the Jewish temple because people gave them money in order to please God.

b.  Peter and John did not heal the lame man by their own power or _______________.

c.  The crowd was  ______________ to see the lame beggar jumping and praising God.

d.  The ____________ man had been healed through the power of Jesus’ name.

e.  Some people had wanted Jesus to be killed because of their ____________ about his life.

f.  The religious leaders had arrested Jesus and had ___________ him _______ to the Romans.

g.  The people had asked Pilate, the Roman ruler, to ____________ a murderer instead of Jesus.

h.  The people had _____________ Jesus by saying that he was not their promised Messiah.

i.   Jesus is the __________ of life because he is the Son of God.

j.   Before accepting Jesus, a person must realize he has a problem with sin and ___________.

k.  When people put their faith in Jesus, they receive _____________ changes to their life.

(Answers are at the end.)

Now for a little grammar – Hooray!

The conjunctions so and so that introduce very different ideas.

a. So begins a clause that gives a result of the independent clause. For example, I overslept, so I was late for work. A comma must be used at the end of the independent clause.

b. So that introduces a clause that tells the purpose of the independent clause. So that and in order that have the same meaning. For example, I ran so that I would catch the train, but I missed it. In a clause beginning with so that, the verbs are usually used with can, may, or will to express present or future time. To express past time in a clause beginning with so that, the verbs are used with could or would.

c. In Acts 3:19-20, Peter gave three reasons (purposes) for the people to recognize their sin and turn to God. They are listed after the conjunction so that.

Answers for the Matching Game: 1-E, 2-K, 3-D, 4-G, 5-J, 6-H, 7-A, 8-I, 9-B, 10-F, 11-C (If you matched the words in two minutes or less, you are astonishingly knowledgeable!)

Answers for the analogies: a.) ear  b.) reader  c.) big  d.) Satan  e.) sad  f.) open  g.) worry  h.) photo  i.) rich  j.) growth  k.) fire

Answers for the fill-in-the-blank exercise: a.)begged  b.) godliness  c.) astonished  d.) lame  e.) ignorance  f.) handed over  g.) release   h.) disowned  i.) author  j.) repent  k.) refreshing

Want to know more about Acts 3 and Peter’s life-changing message? Click here or on the top tab titled Explorations in Acts.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV®) are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV® Copyright © 1973,1978,1984,2011 by Bilica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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