Welcome our guest writer this week:  Mike Slay

 

October 17, 2011

 

Read through the Bible in 1+ Year:

2 Samuel 22:1-23:23

Acts 2:1-47

Psalm 122:1-9

Proverbs 16:19-20

Acts 2:36-37

 

“Therefore let all
Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both
Lord and Christ.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and
said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

 

Notice that they don’t ask, “What shall we do to be saved?” The subject of being saved
had not been raised. The Pentecost sermon doesn’t mention heaven, the purpose
of the cross, or most of the things modern Christians think of as the
cornerstones of an evangelistic message. Yet “about three thousand were added
to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41)

Peter’s sermon was about Jesus’ identity. That’s all the thief on the cross understood (Luke
23:40-42). That’s all Peter understood when Jesus said, “Blessed are you, Simon
son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by My Father in
heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my
church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matt. 16:17,18).

The greatest sermon ever given
(other than those from the Lord Himself) was entirely about who Jesus is.
That’s the secret of life. It’s the secret of everything.

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