July 22 - Message for Missions (Acts 2:22-41)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Levi Regalado will continue teaching Encounters with Christ in the youth room. This study considers the interactions that Jesus has with different individuals throughout the four gospels.
Nik Lingle and Phillip Taylor will continue teaching through the book of Revelation in the Adult 1 classroom.
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him,
“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
35 until I make your enemies your footstool.”’
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “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. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Acts 2 records Peter’s first sermon after Pentecost, following the descent of the Spirit. Was he scared? We don't know, but it was the Spirit led preaching of Christ that sparked massive growth. By the power of the Spirit, timid Peter preached, and 3000 were convicted, converted and baptised, joining the early church. And so the work of these witnesses begins as he gathers his people. Please read through the sermon to familiarize yourself with it for Sunday.
Review and Apply
Just as you can discern what a pastor values as you listen to him talk about Jesus, how is that true of you personally?
What are the key features of the gospel presented by Peter in his sermon?
What is significant about each of these features?
Give the names of two friends that need to hear this message.
Why is it important that Jesus was crucified by the plan of God and the hands of men?
Coming to Jesus in faith begins by surrender. What evidence of surrender was in your life at conversion?
What does it mean to be cut to the heart? Explain your experience.
Define repentance. What is your regular practice of it? Why is this essential throughout the Christian life?