November 25, 2018
Pastor Jeff Struecker
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to these words: This Jesus of Nazareth was a man attested to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through him, just as you yourselves know. 23 Though he was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail him to a cross and kill him. 24 God raised him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by death. 25 For David says of him: I saw the Lord ever before me; because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices. Moreover, my flesh will rest in hope, 27 because you will not abandon me in Hades or allow your holy one to see decay. 28 You have revealed the paths of life to me; you will fill me with gladness in your presence. 29 “Brothers and sisters, I can confidently speak to you about the patriarch David: He is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn an oath to him to seat one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah: He was not abandoned in Hades, and his flesh did not experience decay. 32 “God has raised this Jesus; we are all witnesses of this. 33 Therefore, since he has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, he has poured out what you both see and hear. 34 For it was not David who ascended into the heavens, but he himself says: The Lord declared to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 37 When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt generation!”
I. The Holy Spirit turns enemies into his children
II. A proper fear of God makes all other fears disappear
III. Jesus made death work backward
• I need Jesus to grant me eternal life. Today, I turn from my sins and trust Jesus as Savior for the first time.
– I have let fear of others develop a hold on me. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help me get over those fears.
+ I will start a gospel friendship with someone who is far from God.
- What would it require of you to make your enemies into your friend? (Be specific.)
- Read Romans 5:8. What did it take for God to take his enemy and turn them into his children?
- What is the biggest fear that you have ever had to overcome? How did you find the courage to face that fear?
- Be honest; do you have any fear about death?
- Why does Peter ask people to “repent” and “be baptized”? In other words, what does repentance require, and what does baptism require?
- Reread Acts 2:37. Can you truly repent without being “pierced to the heart”? Explain your answer.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to help us display Christian courage this week.