Summary: Part two of a study of the book of Acts.
Context: When we left off we were looking at the Day of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which was referred to in Prophecy as “The Promise of the Father”. We also covered a portion of the message that Peter preached on that day. This morning we will carry on from that point.
Peter, the first disciple to recognize the truth about Jesus, was also the first to bear witness of Him in his preaching.
• His new passion for the Kingdom is like fire shut-up in his bones.
(Note: Peter denied Christ 3X just fifty days earlier but now has the power to be an uninhibited witness to Jesus Name. (Acts 1:8 )
• The dynamis power of God that’s fallen upon Peter is impossible to contain, so he impulsively stands up, and begins preaching.
Peter preaches a 3 point sermon and gives an altar call.
His Sermon: This message’s basic components:
A. It was the first sermon preached after the resurrection.
This, being the first New Testament sermon, is significant in that it sets a
pattern for the early church’s message to come. This is one of the most basic Gospel messages in the Bible.
B. It was a street message, preached to the Jews who had come from all over the world to worship at the feast. Peter gave no thought as to who was there to hear him; he simply saw an opportunity and jumped on it.
C. It was spontaneous and by the Holy Spirit. “Peter standing up with the eleven raised his voice and said…” /Note: We need more Holy Spirit filled evangelist preaching Jesus today.
a. A true evangelist:
i. Is Spirit led/Philip and the Eunuch – because of this most have to live from faith to faith and as a result are not willing to lay down their lives and step out in faith. This example of faith is desperately needed in the body.
ii. Preaches Christ/Philip and the Eunuch (IS.53)
Ex.) Paul said: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 2:18)
21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a 9stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
iii. Is one of the 5 gifts to the church. (Eph. 4:11)
1. Note: Pastors are Shepherds, teachers, and leaders. Evangelists are gatherers and workers of miracles. (Cor.12:28) Both are crucial in the Kingdom.
iv. Preaches to everyone whether masses or individuals.
The evangelists’ that I have known are always preaching to someone. “Woe is me if I preach not” is his beckoning call.
Today this office seems to be drying up and as a result fewer and fewer unbelievers are coming into the church to be disciple. “Is God calling you to be an evangelist?”
Peter’s There Points
a. The Prophecy is fulfilled: What you see today is what the Prophet Joel prophesied would come in the last days. (2:14-21)