Acts 2:22-24, 32,33,37
"Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
Note: Please take the time to read the entire passage, from verse 14-37. We excerpted the most relevant portions, leaving out some helpful material.
- As you read this what are the first things that come to your mind?
- What in this text strikes you as remarkable?
- What are some points made by Peter?
- Why is there an emphasis on David?
- What point does Peter make about Jesus of Nazareth?
- Just what is Peter hoping to accomplish with this "first gospel sermon?"
- What from this text does our congregation need to hear?
What else is on your mind this week?