What happened to this man? Just seven weeks earlier Peter denied even knowing Jesus when confronted by a servant girl. Now we see him standing in front of thousands of people, many of them potentially hostile, boldly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and calling on people to repent and be baptized.
What’s happened to this little budding church of 120 people who had been keeping a pretty low profile in the preceding weeks, but who now were there right alongside Peter that Pentecost morning also declaring the gospel of Jesus to the crowds in Jerusalem?
The Holy Spirit had come, that’s what happened! The Holy Spirit had come, and He had come with power radically transforming this little church and giving them power as they carried out their mission.
Unstoppable? Yes! 3,000 souls repented and were baptized that day! What hope we find in reading the story of Pentecost in Acts 2. This same Spirit is with us. He wants Jesus to be honored among all the people groups of our world. We have no reason to keep a low profile. We have no reason to be pessimistic about our mission.
1. As Peter is sharing the gospel with this crowd, he references a few different passages of their “Bible” as of then—the Old Testament. What role should the use of Scripture play in our sharing of the gospel today? What passages might be particularly helpful in explaining the gospel to someone?
2. Verse 39 talks about how the promise of the gospel is for every generation and for every nation. Take time in your Life Groups to pray for the children represented in your families, and to pray for those our church has sent out to make disciples in other nations.
3. Have you been baptized? If so, briefly share about when and why you were. If not, share your thoughts about whether you’ve considered it (Has something prevented you from it? Never told to? Never really thought about it? View it as optional?).
4. When you were initially “cut to the heart” as the Spirit first brought conviction about in your life? Now, as forgiven followers of Jesus, how should the truths of the gospel affect the way we handle conviction of sin that we experience now? What has the Spirit been convicting you of recently?