JESUS’ GOSPEL: Acts 2:22-41

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BIG IDEA

When the gospel of Jesus is faithfully preached, non-Christians become Christians, Christians become more like Jesus, and the mission of Jesus advances in the world. But what exactly are the signs of gospel preaching? In Acts 2:22-41 we see six signs of gospel preaching. Gospel preaching is Jesus-centered because Jesus is the only true Hero, the only one that can make right what we’ve made wrong by sin; Biblical because the Word of God trumps the word of man every time; confrontational because it is for our sin that Jesus was killed; cuts to the heart because we were so wicked that Jesus had to die for us, but at the same time so loved that he was willing to die; demands a response because Jesus is not merely a Savior to be adored, but a King to be trusted and followed. Will you respond by turning to Jesus in faith? Have you been baptized? Are you a part of the church?

SCRIPTURE

Acts 2:22-41 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 Forthe 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, andthere were added that day about three thousand souls.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Was there anything from Sunday’s Sermon or the Big Idea that had an affect on you? Did you hear anything that raised more questions in your mind? 2. What stands out to you in Acts 2:22-41 and why? 3. Why is it important to look to the whole of the Bible for the truth and not just one or two particular verses? What pitfalls are there in not studying the context of a verse in the Bible? Give some examples. 4. Why is it important to understand that Jesus both had to die for you and

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was willing to die for you? 5. How does Peter say that we must respond to the gospel of Jesus? What does he mean?

GOOD WORD

This is at the same time the worst news and the greatest news: the gospel says that we are so wicked that Jesus had to die in our place, but at the same time we are so loved that he was willing to. Let this terrible and wondrous truth sweep your legs out from under you and at the same time let yourself fall safely onto the sweet pillow of the gospel.

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