The Book of Acts Chapter 2 Part 2
Introduction: A key idea in the book of Acts is that Christians should be witnesses wherever they go. Today, we hope to discuss the preaching of Pentecost.
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Read Acts 2:14-36
2. The Preaching of Pentecost. Peter stands and addresses the crowd in this section of the book of Acts. He tells them that the languages that they hear spoken are not a product of drinking wine.
It is the product of God working out His plan. He cites prophecy for Joel. He talks about the Father raising Jesus from the dead, after the crowd had Him crucified. Peter talks about David's prophecy about the resurrection of Christ. Peter declares that Jesus is both Lord and Christ.
- Trustworthy prophecy. Notice in vs. 16 of this section of the book of Acts that God's word is trustworthy. Just as sure as the prophesy of our text came true, we can count on God's promises to bless obedience and punish disobedience to come true.
If we really believed this then we would be busy being obedient. We would be noted for enthusiastic worship and cheerful giving. We would be noted for taking care of our health and wealth as stewards.
And we would be noted for evangelizing the lost, edifying believers, and living by biblical principles in all of our relationships. Let's live like we believe what God says.
- Last days. Notice in vs. 17 of this section of the book of Acts the mention of the last days. First, many Christian scholars believe that we are living in the church age, which is before the rapture, tribulation period, millennium kingdom, and eternal life or damnation.
Second, all of us are living in our last days. Instead of trying to time what God is going to do, we should make sure that we use our days to their fullest. If we are not careful, we will be filled with regret when we stand before the Lord.
Let's use our last days well. Our lives should be filled with loving God, ourselves, and others.
- The Spirit's inclusion. Notice in vss. 17-18 the inclusiveness of who the Spirit uses. We learn from this section of the book of Acts that men, women, young, and old are subject to be used by the Holy Spirit.
Since the Spirit is so inclusive, we should be careful about being exclusive. The plan of God is so much bigger than Black urban Baptists. Let's be open to God using whomever He chooses.
The fruit of a person's life is more important than the sign that they carry. A person who works for those things that benefit you is more of your friend and ally than the person who simply shares your skin color or political or denominational label.
- Witnessing and calling on the Lord. Notice in vs. 21 that in order for there to be a calling on the Lord, there must be some believing, which calls for witnessing.
In other words, if we spent more time witnessing about the goodness of the Lord, perhaps more would believe and call on His name as savior and lord.
Let's work on being better witnesses. The "Plan of Salvation," our testimonies, and our life styles can prove to be very helpful in this area.
- God's plan and Jesus' lordship. Notice in vss. 22-24, 36 of this section of the book of Acts that the Father used Jesus as a part of His marvelous plan.
God sent signs and wonders through Jesus to attract unbelievers. It was a part of God's plan for Jesus to be put to death at the hands of wicked men. And thank God, it was a part of the plan for Jesus to be resurrected and acknowledged as both Lord and Christ.
He is Lord or master of Gentiles. And He is Christ or Messiah of the Jews. First, let's remember that God has a master plan that sometimes makes sense to us and sometimes it doesn't.
If we trust Him, we will discover that His plan is working towards our favor, even when we cannot see how. Second, Jesus is Lord. The only question is, "Will we live accordingly"? If we submit to His lordship, we can be so richly blessed.
If we don’t submit to His lordship, we are subject to punishment (see Lk. 19:12-27). Let's live like we trust God's plan and understand the lordship of Jesus. This kind of trust and understanding should be noted for obedience.
- Joy. Notice in vs. 28 of this section of the book of Acts David's joy, in the presence of the Lord. Pastor Michael Mack said "no joy, no Jesus." There are too many people who claim to be Christians but seem to have so little joy.
If David could have joy during the law period, surely believers should have joy, in this the church and grace period. Joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit (see Gal. 5:22).
Let's work on demonstrating more joy. Attitudes are contagious. When we demonstrate joy, it helps others do the same. When we act joyless, it influences others to do the same as well.
- The pouring out of the Spirit. Notice in vs. 33 the idea of the Spirit already being poured out. The fact that He has been poured out suggests that we don't have to wait for Him to be poured out again. There is no need for us to be tarrying.
Let's be about our Father's business, instead of wasting time waiting for that which has already been poured out. The harvest is still plenteous, but the laborers seem to be even fewer.
Think about the work that needs to be done with our young people, marriages, personal finances, communal economic development, and political stewardship.
Conclusion: Let’s work on being witnesses for Jesus everywhere we go. God has much for those who obey His will.
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