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The First Gospel Presentation
May 10, 2010
TEXT: Acts 2:5-8, 11-15
This morning we are continuing are series entitled, "Unleashed: The Viral Church."
We are walking through the first few chapters of Acts over the next few weeks to see how the early church grew in its breadth and depth.
The theme of Acts is "the extension of the kingdom in the power of the Holy Spirit."
We are seeing what we can learn from the narrative of Acts in order for us to be infectious and contagious with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ as commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20.
Part of being unleashed is when God's people not only live a life that is infectious and contagious, but when each one is prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.
Sadly, the statistics show that a very small percentage of people actually have ever shared their faith, or even showed someone how they can become a Christ-follower.
This is not the exception; it should be the rule.
Although Jesus shared about why He came to earth, this is really the first gospel presentation that was shared following the fulfillment of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.
We are going to briefly dissect Peter's sermon and share with you the gospel, but also show you how to share the gospel.
We read earlier where the people were amazed, perplexed, bewildered and astonished at what was going on as they heard these unlearned Galileans talking about the mighty works of God in their own language.
So, Peter stands up and the very first thing he says was,
THIS DAY WAS PREDICTED
Look at what he said:
"But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:"
There were those around Jerusalem who were mocking what was going on, perhaps trying to figure out what was happening, or denying that this w ...
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