“Peter Witnesses” – Acts 2:36-41 – Pastor Bruce Lerum
Today we have sights on the present and on the rear view mirror.
God’s speaks to us where we are…today.
Acts 2:36 – God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
The people Peter was preaching to were convicted of crucifying Jesus.
Our own sin convicts us of being equally as guilty in Jesus death.
Acts 2:37 – When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
They heard the simple message and believed.
We have the same message. Simply believe.
Acts 2:38 – Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
1. Peter spoke in terms of a history (see Acts 2:16-35) with which the people were already familiar. How does the past help us relate to God’s Word?
2. We are blessed with retrospect as to Peter’s speech. How did the people respond to what they heard?
3. Like the Jews to whom Peter spoke, our sin convicts us. What did Peter say to the Jews in verse 36 that convicted them then and us today?
4. This story happens immediately after the disciples are filled with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. Talk about the role of the Holy Spirit in repentance and conversion.
5. The presence and work of the Holy Spirit are miraculous. What are the implications of repentance and forgiveness in your life?
6. In baptism we are blessed with the increased presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. What has your faith through the Holy Spirit meant in your life? At specific times in your life?