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Sep 3, 2017

Acts:  Advancing the Gospel

Acts 2:14-41


What Does This Mean? . . .


  • God has poured out His Spirit for the sake of advancing the gospel through His Church.

“And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh . . .”  Acts 2:17


  • God will do something supernatural through signs and wonders on earth and in the heavens.

“And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below . . .” Acts 2:19


  • God will draw people, by His Spirit, to be saved.

“And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Acts 2:21


“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him.  For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 3:10:12-13


Who Is This Lord? . . .


  • Jesus was the one sent by God.

“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 . . .”  Acts 2:22


  • Jesus was God’s plan for salvation.

“ . . . this Jesus delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.  God raised Him up loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.”  Acts 2:23-24


  • Jesus was spoken of by David.
    • The Messiah would be resurrected and exalted.

“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, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of Christ, that He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.  This Jesus, God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses.”  Acts 2:30-32


“For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.’”  Acts 2:34-35


  • Jesus is both Lord and Christ.

“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made Him (Jesus) both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”  Acts 2:36


What Do We Do? . . .


  • Respond to the conviction of the Spirit of God.

“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?’”  Acts 2:37 

  • Repent of your sins and receive the gift of the Spirit.
    • Without repentance of sin there, is no forgiveness of sin.
    • Without the Spirit of God, there is no life.


  • Become identified with Christ through baptism.