Summary: Exposition of Acts 2:14-36 about Peter’s scriptural explanation of Pentacost, our responsiblity in the death of Christ, and His resurrection being hallmarks of the gospel
Text: Acts 2:14-36, Title: Address to the Christ-Killers, Date/Place: NRBC, 6/10/07, AM
A. Opening illustration: Talk about the young man indicted on murder charges here in Tifton this week. Suppose that I came in here today and accused you (because you live in Tifton) being guilty of it. Or what if I accused you of being guilty of Christ’s death? That’s the reaction that Peter probably got…
B. Background to passage: After the accusation of drunkenness along with those who truly sought the meaning of this obviously spiritual event, Peter stands full of the Spirit, along with the rest of the eleven, and preaches the first Christian sermon of the church era. He stands probably in the temple courts among thousands of people before audio amplification, and raises his voice to proclaim a word of truth. Commentators are in union that this is probably not the full text of his sermon, but represents its basic thrust. This text sets a great example for preachers and witnesses about the content and structure of a witness for Christ.
C. Main thought: in the text, we will see Peter’s three main points
A. What’s Going On Here (v. 14-21)
1. Peter moves to note the absurdity of the charge of drunkenness at 9 am. And talking to Jews in Jerusalem for the festival of Pentecost, quotes the minor prophet Joel, indicating that what they are witnessing that day, was foretold many years earlier. Joel’s context was a promised restoration after repentance after a plague of locusts. Joel noted that in the “last days” God would pour out His Spirit upon all (kinds) of people. Peter probably didn’t understand the significance himself of all flesh. Peter links the prophecy spoken of by Joel and the manifestation of tongues on Pentecost. He takes something current, and moves to the eternal. Joel brings together, probably unknowingly, events at the beginning and the end of the last days. And the Jews present that day would have had great anticipation for the “last days” because they also believed it to be the time when the Messiah would come. And many were waiting for Him like a kid waits on Christmas morning.
2. Ps 119: 11, John 14:26, Heb 1:1-2, 1 Pet 1:20, 1 Cor 10:11, Num 11:29
3. Illustration: George Barna Research reports "Our most recent surveys indicate that about half of all adult Americans listen to preaching or Bible teaching in a typical week." Although 1 out of 3 read the Bible during the week, only 1 out of 10 claim to study the Bible weekly and fewer than 1 out of 25 devote themselves to memorizing at least one new Bible verse per week, less than 2 percent are committed to all four of these practices on a weekly basis. It’s no wonder that Americans have tremendous spiritual hunger, but no consistent spiritual growth”, realizing that I didn’t have to be Dr Bennett to memorize scripture, one writer counted 453 promises about Christ, 120 of which were fulfilled in His first coming, that leaves 257 yet to come to pass, another counted 3268 verses of scripture that have been fulfilled already,