Summary: Peter Addresses the crowd assembled at Pentecost
Peter’s First Message
Jeff Hughes – February 9, 2003
Calvary Chapel Aggieland
a. All of us here can probably relate to our first time speaking or performing in public. Unless you are one of those individuals that has ice water in their veins, it was no doubt a nerve-wracking experience. I remember I was nervous and my palms were sweating for a speech I had to give in school one time. My delivery was horrible because I was so nervous. Praise the Lord that I have gotten over that!
b. We are going to look at one of those situations today. We will get a peek at a Pastor’s first sermon. But, it’s going to be a lot different. We won’t see stuttering or stammering, we will see power and poise, as the gospel is delivered effectively to a large crowd gathered by God for the sole purpose of hearing His message.
c. But, first, let’s get a little background. Last week, we saw that the disciples were gathered together, in the upper room, on the East side of Jerusalem, and that the Holy Spirit had arrived. The sound of the Holy Spirit filling the house was amazing and drew a large crowd, but what came after was even more miraculous. The crowd that gathered hailed from all over the Roman Empire. They heard the disciples speaking in their native languages. They heard the disciples glorifying and praising God in their native languages. That was truly a miracle, and the miracle the crowd saw that day drew them to the disciples, and the miraculous events surely served as a witness to what was going to be said that day.
d. At the end of the day, and as we will see next week, three thousand people come to Christ after hearing the message that day in Jerusalem.
e. Just like last week, we have a lot to cover today. Today’s study is out of Acts chapter 2, verses 14 through 36. Twenty-two verses. A marathon by my standards. But, we are going to get a chance to a chance to look at all of Peter’s message in its entirety. This will be fruitful for us today.
f. But first, let’s pause for a moment of prayer, and let’s ask the Lord to come and bless our study in His Word today.
a. A story is told of two men who got into conversation on a boat when returning from India. One was an English sportsman and the other was a missionary. The sportsman said, "I’ve been in India for 25 years, and I never saw one of the natives converted." "That’s odd," answered the missionary, "did you ever see a tiger?" "Hundreds of them” was the reply, "and I have shot dozens in the hunt." "Well, I have been in India for many years," said the missionary, "but I have never seen a tiger. But under the power of the Gospel of Christ, I have seen hundreds of the natives of India turn to the Savior!" You see, one loved hunting and was looking for tigers. The other loved individuals who needed God and was looking ways to bring them to Jesus!
b. Likewise, a guest preacher came one Sunday in midwinter to an appointment. The day was unusually stormy and bitterly cold, and he found the building empty. However, he took his seat in the pulpit and waited. One man came in, and at the appointed hour the preacher stood up and opened the service. At its close the man in the pew departed without waiting to face the minister. About twenty years later, the same preacher was approached by a stranger. "Do you remember," he asked, "preaching years ago to one man?" "Yes, I do, indeed," replied Dr. Lyman Beecher. "If you are that man, I have wanted ever since to meet you." "I am the man," was the answer. "That sermon saved my soul, and led me into the ministry. The converts of your sermon, sir, are all over Ohio.