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Now What Shall We Do? (6 of 24)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles: A Verse-by-Verse Study
September 12, 2007
INTRODUCTION: On the Day of Pentecost, the Bible says that Jews from every nation under heaven were gathered together in Jerusalem. It was the perfect time and the predicted time for Peter's message. Peter stood up and began to declare Christ as their Jewish Messiah. They were all amazed because they were hearing the message in their native language (vs. 8).
Peter told of Joel's prophecy concerning this day and the days ahead, leading up to the end times. There would be prophecy, visions and dreams. There would be signs in the heaven and the earth beneath, blood and fire and vapor of smoke. All these things would take place before that great and notable day of the Lord (vs. 20). And finally in (vs. 21), he said, "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Then Peter preached the crucified and resurrected Christ. In (vs. 36), he said, "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Following Peter's stirring message, the Jews were struck to the heart; they cried out, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"
Our lesson tonight will not only answer that question, but we will examine the results of what took place, causing the establishment of the first church at Jerusalem.
I. The Converts at Jerusalem
II. The Church at Jerusalem
I. THE CONVERTS AT JERUSALEM
A. Their Conviction
1. Following Peter's message, the Bible says the Jews were "pricked in their hearts" (vs. 37a). The word "pricked" means that they were pierced to the heart. Contrary to belief, the heart, rather than the mind, is the seat of our emotions. Do remember what Paul said in Romans 10:10? "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto ...
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