If you don’t know the facts of the gospel, then you won’t be able to tell someone the gospel when God places you in a situation to tell about Jesus. Choose to be knowledgeable:
1) We are sinners.
2) Jesus was born and lived on earth.
3) Jesus died on the cross.
4) Jesus became our sin and took our place, separating Himself from His Father.
5) Jesus was buried in a tomb.
6) Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
Main Events of Acts 2:
Earlier during His ministry days, Jesus had changed Peter’s name from Simon to Peter, which means “Rock.” Jesus told Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” Before Jesus ascended into heaven, Jesus and Peter had a deep conversation. Peter, who had denied Jesus three times, would be asked if he loved Jesus. Three times Peter answered, “You know Lord that I love you!” Jesus asked Peter to feed His sheep.
After Jesus’ ascension, the disciples were huddled together in a room. Jesus told them to go and wait. He would send a Helper. They were then to go into Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to all the world and preach to all the nations making disciples. Suddenly they hear the sound of rushing wind and it filled the whole house. Then something like tongues of fire formed on top of the heads of each disciple. All of the disciples began to speak in other languages that were not their native language. The people in the street heard them and wondered how they heard their own language being spoken. Some of the people going past claimed that the men and women were drunk.
Peter stood up and began to preach the gospel. The people were “pierced to the heart” and asked what they needed to do. Peter told them to repent and be baptized. About 3,000 souls were added to the small group of believers.
The gospel spreads from here. Because of the Greeks, there was a common language so the gospel could be easily preached. Because of the Romans, roads allowed disciples to easily travel from village to village spreading the word of God.
Let’s compare what God has done so far –
|Genesis 1:1||God came down and spoke.||God dwelt among his people in the tabernacle.|
|The Gospels||Jesus was born and spoke for Himself.||Jesus walked and dwelt among men.|
|Acts||The Holy Spirit came down and now teaches all things. (John 14:26)||The Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts if we believe and confess Jesus as our Lord.|
The Old Testament, the Old Covenant, is over. Jesus began a New Covenant. All throughout the Old Testament we read about God desiring to dwell with His people. He gave them directions to build the tabernacle and the Law. But Israel sinned. They could not follow the Law perfectly. And when Jesus walked on the earth, Israel failed again. They failed to see Jesus as the Messiah. But God still does what He has to do to save His people from themselves and from sin. And with this plan, the Holy Spirit now guides us and dwells with us in our hearts.
|Old Testament Covenant||God to Abraham||“I will make of you a great nation.”||How God would bring salvation to the cross.|
|New Testament Covenant||Jesus to Peter||“Upon you I will build my church.”||How God would bring salvation to the Gentiles.|
Life Application of Acts 2:
Are you saved? Are you a part of the New Covenant? Does the Holy Spirit dwell inside of you? If you aren’t sure, talk to God right now. Repent and be baptized. If you have believed in Jesus, then the same Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of you! He wants to guide you and teach you how to please God. He wants you to read the Bible and memorize scripture so He can help you in times of need. Going to church, learning the Bible, memorizing scripture is not meant to be a waste of time. The Holy Spirit will use whatever He can to help mold you into the image of Jesus.
Let’s Celebrate! If you know, when was the date you were saved? Or, how old were you?
Anne Marie is a Bible Teacher and Bible curriculum writer with more than 25 years of experience. She has created Bible lessons and taught children about Jesus at churches, camps, Christian Schools, and conferences. She is the owner of FutureFlyingSaucers Resources where she helps busy parents and church leaders teach fun, flexible, multi-age, budget-friendly bible object lessons that enhance the spiritual growth of children. She lives with her husband and three children in South Carolina.