Acts 3: Peter Boldly Preaches Repentance

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 96–97

Acts 3 tells of a miracle Peter and John performed that demonstrated the power Jesus had given them. Peter stopped to help a handicapped man begging at the gate of the temple, using the priesthood to heal the man. Notice what Peter boldly declared to the people who gathered to see the man who was healed.

Understanding the Scriptures

Acts 3

Ninth hour (v. 1)About 3:00 P.M.  
Lame from his mother’s womb (v. 2)Unable to walk since birth 
Alms (v. 2)Donations to help the poor 
Ignorance (v. 17)Not knowing the truth 
Times of refreshing (v. 19)Second Coming of Christ 
Blotted out (v. 19)Removed, forgiven 
Restitution of all things (v. 21)Latter-day restoration of the gospel 

Acts 3:19–21—Peter Testifies of the Restoration

President Joseph Fielding Smith said: “The Lord indicated to the apostles, before his ascension, that the restoration of all things was not for their day or time, and that it was not for them ‘to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power’ [Acts 1:7]. Peter and Paul made it very clear in their teachings that there should come another dispensation of the gospel to succeed that in which they lived, and this final dispensation should be given shortly before the second coming of the Son of God, to prepare mankind and the earth for the restoration of all things spoken of by all the holy prophets [see Acts 3:21]” (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:164).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Acts 3.

Activity A iconPeter Heals a Lame Beggar

Peter heals a lame man

Review the story of Peter healing the lame beggar in Acts 3:1–11 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    How did the lame man get to the temple?

  2. 2.

    What did he want from Peter and John?

  3. 3.

    How did he feel about the gift Peter gave him instead?

  4. 4.

    The lame man asked for money and instead was given strength. How is that like the way the Lord sometimes answers your requests?

Activity B iconPeter Testifies of a Higher Power

Search Acts 3:12–26 and choose what you think are five of the most important phrases in Peter’s testimony to the Jews. Explain why you chose each one.