“Men of Israel, why are amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk” (Acts 3:12)?

Even in ancient days crowds could be gathered and people won over by skills of eloquence, the power of personality, or gifts of entertainment. The problem with such followings, however, is skills fade, personalities come and go, and crowds won over by novelty and entertainment will soon depart when the next new and greatest entertainer comes to town. Thus, Peter was quick to distance himself from any claims of credit for what the people had witnessed, and instead made clear that this was the God of their fathers working through his son Jesus Christ. Scripture commends the churches that are built not around a human personality, but rather, those that build upon the work of the Lord in redeeming broken lives.

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