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Scripture Reading: Acts 2:36-41
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Day of Pentecost was 50 days after Passover (death of Jesus); Pentecost always
fell on the first day of the week (Lev.
2. On this particular Pentecost:
a. Holy Spirit baptism empowered apostles to be infallible witnesses.
b. Christ’s commission being obeyed (Mk. 16:15).
c. The church of Christ is established.
I. HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM: HEAVEN’S POWER TO SPEAK,
A. Three Manifestations Attended Holy Spirit Baptism, Acts 2:2-3.
1. Sound: Sound as a rushing mighty wind…filled the house.
2. Sight: Split, tongue-shaped form settled above each apostle.
3. Language: Spoke other languages under Spirit’s guidance.
B. The Reaction, Acts 2:5-13.
1. Caused a crowd to gather, 2:5-6. (Needed to hear gospel, 1:8)
2. Amazed, confused, wondering, 2:6-12. (Hearts prepared to listen)
3. Accused of drunkenness, 2:13. (Some will always pervert the evidence of truth and accuse the righteous.)
C. Inspired Explanation of this Language Miracle, Acts 2:14-21.
1. Joel’s prophecy being fulfilled, 2:16 (Joel 2:28-32).
a. Divine presence and message, 2:17-18 (all flesh, Lk. 3:6).
b. Divine judgment revealed against sin, 2:19-20.
c. Divine offering of salvation to all who call upon Him, 2:21.
II. JESUS OF NAZARETH: THE LORD AND CHRIST,
A. God Approved of Jesus, Acts 2:22.
1. By miracles (mighty works): Power…the source.
2. By wonders: Effect (His) miracles had on people (cf. 2:6-7, 12).
3. By signs: Testimony of divine approval - cf. Jno. 3:2; 5:36.
a. Reasonable and reasoned approach: Even His enemies did not deny His miracles, Jno. 11:45-47 (Matt. 12:24).
b. “You yourselves know”,
B. You Killed Jesus of Nazareth, Acts 2:23.
1. No proof needed….indisputable fact.
2. God knew of the crucifixion before it happened.
a. Determined purpose and foreknowledge, cf. Lk. 22:22.
b. No accident; God was not taken by surprise (Psa. 22; Isa. 53).
3. Jews, by the hands of the Romans, murdered him.
C. God Raised up Jesus, Acts 2:24-32. (Death couldn’t hold Him!)
1. The prophet David spoke of a resurrected Christ, 2:24-31.
a. His prophecy, 2:25-29; Psa. 16:8-11.
-David is dead…of whom was David speaking?
-God’s oath to David, 2:30; 2 Sam. 7:12-13 (Psa. 89:3-4, 35-37).
b. Prophecy was of the resurrected Christ, 2:31.
2. Eyewitnesses, 2:32. Twelve credible men, with signs attending their testimony.
D. God Exalted Jesus at His Right Hand, Acts 2:33-35 (power, reign).
1. Proof: Presence of the Holy Spirit, 2:33.
a. Jesus had told apostles He would go to the Father and send the Holy Spirit, Jno. 14:12; 15:26.
b. Holy Spirit is now with them (see and hear the tongues).
c. Therefore, Jesus is in heaven.
2. Jesus is at God’s right hand: David’s prophecy, 2:34-35; Psa. 110:1.
E. Conclusion: Application of the Truth, Acts 2:36.
1. Application was clear, concise, conclusive and straightforward.
2. It was not delivered with anger or animosity.
3. It was intended to convict the sinners of their sin, and save them.
III. THE RESULTS OF THE SERMON,
A. The Effect of the Truth on Good Hearts, Acts 2:37.
B. The Plea of Convicted Believers, Acts 2:37.
C. The Remedy is Available to Convicted Believers, Acts 2:38-40.
1. Repent and be baptized for remission of sins and gift of HS, 2:38.
2. Promise is universally available, 2:39.
3. Many words of exhortation, 2:40.
D. The Response of Convicted Believers, 2:41.
VI. THE RESULT OF THEIR SALVATION,
A. Added to the Church, Acts 2:41, 47.
B. Faithful Continuance, Acts 2:42-43, 45 (“single-mindedness”).
C. Unity, Acts 2:44.
D. Favor with God and Man, Acts 2:47.
1. Acts 2 records a magnificent day in the history of mankind.
2. Today: The same things exist and are needed – The same power...message (truth), problem (sin), solution, result.
3. “All things are ready, come to the feast.” (Lk. 14:15-18a)
By: Joe R. Price
Posted: May 14, 2013