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Peter's Best Shot - Peter's Reasons to Believe in Jesus (1 of 2)
Intro: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists created a Doomsday Clock in 1947 to warn the world of the dangers of nuclear weapons. This past Wednesday, they moved the clock two minutes closer to midnight, symbolizing the annihilation of civilization and adding the perils of global warming for the first time. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070117/ts_nm/doomsday_clock_dc
Ooooooooooo, I'm scared. Actually, I'm for almost anything that forces us to confront our own mortality, our own death, because that's when we start paying closer attention to the things that matter...spiritual things.
After a man survived a hanging and subsequently turned his life around, Abraham Lincoln observed ''Everybody needs a little bit of hangin.''
After 9-11 churches were packed by people who hadn't been since the previous Easter and hadn't planned to attend until the next Christmas.
What I've decided to do with my life is talk about things that matter to people who care. There are a lot of things that matter and the one we're talking about today is right up at the top of the list, namely, faith in Jesus.
In the first four chapters of Acts Peter preaches three sermons. He adds a fourth sermon in Acts 10. All four of Peter's sermon have the same goal - to persuade his audience to believe in and become followers of Jesus. Peter gives six reasons why we ought to believe in Jesus and follow Him. Six points. The same six points every time he speaks. Today we're going to look at Peter's sermon in Acts 10 as representative of all four and cover the first three reasons. Next Sunday we'll cover the last three reasons.
I. The Life of Jesus - 10:38
Jesus lived a life that inspires faith that He is the Son of God. He did good. He performed miracles. He had power. God was with Him. Don't gloss over this as convincing evidence; as a COMPELLING reason to believe. Who else ever lived a life like Jesus ...
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