It's Thursday, September 7th, 2017. Today, we read probably one of the greatest sermon ever given in the history of mankind, second only to the Sermon on the Mount given by Christ Himself as recorded in the Gospels. I pray that the truths contained in this Holy Spirit inspired speech wash over you anew today!!! - Chris Adomanis
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Share a good and a bad experience you've had in "witnessing" for Jesus.
_ What keeps you from proclaiming IN WORDS the Gospel of Jesus Christ to someone?
Ask the Lord to renew in your heart a passion to reach not only friends and family members, but even casual acquaintances with the Gospel message. Ask Him to give you "Divine appointments" so you can share IN WORDS the Gospel of Jesus.
DISCOVER [Acts 2:14-41]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
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.
_ In verse 14, what, beside the power given to him by the Holy Spirit, helped Peter boldly start his speech?
_ In verses 16-21, 25-28 and then again in 34-35, what does Peter do to give foundation to the truth claims he is making about Jesus? Why is this important given his audience?
_ In verses 22-23, what does Peter say about the actions of Jesus? Why is this important given his audience?
_ In verses 25-36, how does Peter compare and contrast David and Jesus? Why is this important given his audience?
Why do I keep asking "Why is this important given his audience"?
_ In verse 37, what exactly "pierced the heart" (NASB) of the audience that day? Why did they ask Peter what they needed to "do"?
_ In verse 38, according to Peter, what's the first thing people must do in response to his sermon? What do you think it means to "receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (NASB)? Based on your understanding on this passage, have you received this gift?
_ In verse 39, where do these words come from and why is this important?
_ In verse 40, in light of the Gospel message as a whole, what does "save yourselves" (ESV) mean?
_ In verse 41, what it the importance of baptism? Is it a prerequisite for "being saved"?
_ After reading this sermon as a whole, what do you think are the major points in understanding, then proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life where you need to repent, an area that's keeping you from being an effective witness for Jesus? If so, what is your next step in obedience this week ?
_ Jesus commanded the first Apostles to make disciples (Matt 28:19). Are you keeping this command from Christ? If not, how can you start?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Who in your life TODAY is the Lord prompting you to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
_ Do you have in your life TODAY someone to challenge you (and you to challenge back) to be an effective witness for Christ?