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10/9 Acts 1-3

The book of Acts was written by Luke and it continues where the book of Luke leaves off.  Starting with Jesus being taken up into heaven.  Then the eleven filling Judas’s slot with Matthias.  On the day of Pentecost, the crowds are amazed as the the twelve were baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.  This fulfilled the prophecy of John the Baptist from Luke 3:16 “John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”

Upon seeing the crowd wondering what was going on, Peter, boldly and full of the Holy Spirit gave the first sermon of the Christian Church.  After explaining everything to the people he ended it with these verses and results were amazing.

36“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

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October 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment