What should we do now? - Bible Studies for Life for July 1, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
July 1, 2018
Acts 2:37-47 (CSB)
In life there are no “do-overs.” When Peter finished his powerful sermon, the people were pierced to the core as they realized they had crucified the Messiah. They desperately wanted to know what they could/should do (Acts 2:37). No one could undo the deed, but Peter gave them another sermon and a lesson in how to grow a church! He told them to: 1) Repent (Acts 2:38) – turn from sin – each of you. This is a definite personal decision of the heart and mind that results in a change of purpose, direction and values, 2) Turn to God as you turn from sin, 3) Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. This outward symbol of an inward change shows evidence of repentance and a commitment to follow Jesus and 4) Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit Who indwells each believer and is the Comforter, Teacher and Guide.
A promise for salvation to the believers’ children and even to Gentiles (“for all who are far off”) is given (Acts 2:39). The blessings of salvation are available to “as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39).
What an amazing response to Peter’s message. Three thousand people believed and were baptized (Acts 2:41), publicly identifying with Christ, and were added to the fellowship of believers.
What a day! The new church was born; the Holy Spirit was poured out on all believers.
Hungry for God’s Word and eager to learn, the first church: 1) soaked up the apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42), 2) fellowshipped, in the temple and house to house, 3) saw awesome things happen (Acts 2:43), 4) shared meals and observed the Lord’s Supper, 5) spent considerable time in prayer, 6) shared goods and property to meet needs of fellow believers, and 7) praised God and were favorably looked upon by others.
As those first believers found there was something they could do about their terrible wrong, there is also hope for the worst of sinners. When we become true followers of Christ, we also see results among those who are around us. What a witness to the community!