PETER'S SERMON ON PENTECOST

INTRODUCTION:

    1. Christ told apostles to "preach the gospel." (Mk. 16:15)

        a. Acts is an account of what they preached.

        b. When we learn what they preached, we know what the gospel is.

    2. Let's study the first gospel sermon.

I. THE PLACE:

    A. Law was to go forth from Jerusalem. (Isa. 2:1-4)

    B. Apostles to tarry in Jerusalem. (Luke 24:49)

    C. They were there. (Acts 1:12; 2:1)

    D. So the ones who were to do the preaching were at the right place.

II. THE TIME AND OCCASION:

    A. To be in last days. (Isa. 2:2)

    B. Last days had come. (Acts 2:17)

    C. Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:1) Explain.

III. THE SPEAKER:

    A. Peter, one of the apostles.

    B. Spirit came on the apostles. (Acts 1:8; 2:2-3)

    C. Purpose of H.S. baptism. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,5,8)

        To give the apostles power. (John 14:26; 16:13)

    D. These circumstances did not become a part of the law.

IV. THE AUDIENCE:

    A. Multitude of Jews. (Acts 2:5-6)

    B. There were not there when the H.S. came. (Acts 2:6) So did not receive H.S. baptism.

V. WHAT DID PETER PREACH?

    A. What he might have preached:

        1. Social gospel.

        2. Philosophy.

        3. Politics, book reviews, etc.

        4. Peter was to preach gospel, so these things are not the gospel.

    B. Peter's speech is a model sermon:

        1. The introduction:

            a. Lifted up his voice.

            b. Corrected false idea. (Acts 2:14-21)

            c. We must first remove error and then plant truth.

        2. The discussion:

            a. Christ had been approved. (V. 22)

            b. Christ delivered by foreknowledge of God.

            c. Him they had crucified.

            d. God had raised Him up.

            e. The proof. (Verses 25-35)

                 1) See also (1 Cor. 15:1-4).

                2) And (Romans 6:4).

        3. The conclusion. (Verse 36)

(Adapted from a sermon by Frank VanDyke)