What An Old Time Religion Looks Like (4 of 4) by Fred Lowery
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Series: Old Time Religion
Dr. Fred Lowery
Acts 2:22-25; Acts 2:26-47; Colossians 3:16-17; 1 John 1:3; John 17:20
For the last 3 weeks we've talked about Old Time Religion and hopefully that's been a good experience for you and today I wanna take a look at what that Old Time Religion looks like in our church today. Peter's sermon on Pentecost was his first and greatest sermon and that sermon reverberates down through the centuries even to our day.
In Acts chapter 2 beginning with verse 22 we find these words-
Acts 2:22-25 People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip. [NLT]
Don't you love that phrase? God's grip don't slip! Aren't you glad that death can't keep its grip on you when you die?
Verse 36 -
Acts 2:36 So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!
Now this is Peter's first sermon and there are a few thousand people listening.
And his words pierced their hearts - no doubt about it. What's their response?
Acts 2:37 Peter's words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" [NLT]
Now that we know Jesus is the Messiah and that we nailed Him to a cross; we crucified Him; we murdered Him and He was dying for our sins - what should we do? And what does Peter say to them?
He doesn't say well, just keep coming and we just want you to feel love here- keep on living however you want to live but just know that Jesus loves you, that's the main thing. That wasn't what He said.
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