37 Now when they heard this,
they were cut to the heart
and said to Peter and to the other apostles,
‘Brothers, what should we do?’
38Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
so that your sins may be forgiven;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away,
everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’
40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them,
saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’
41So those who welcomed his message were baptized,
and that day about three thousand persons were added.
42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
In response to an amazing sermon explaining the pouring out of the Holy Spirit as evidence of Jesus’ authority as Lord & Messiah
Gut-wrenching, convicting, compelling; demanded a response
Convicted of killing God’s own
Awestruck by languages being spoken
Feeling need to be a part of what God was doing
Peter & the other apostles – presumably one of the others was closer to them
But curious addition: piggybacking on vs. 14 “Standing with the eleven”
Strongly unified group now
Brothers – see 1: 16; feeling a part of the group
What should we do? – ideal response: you tell me, I’ll do anything!
Never before have so many been so ready to follow
Ideal disciples request: what should we do? (Amilcar)
Pressure is on: you better have answers!
If you had that kind of response, would you be ready?
2. Be baptized in Jesus’ name
3. You will receive H. S. gift
Back to where they started: John the Baptist’s ministry
Goal: receive Holy Spirit; how? Come under Jesus’ lordship; how? Repent
Holy Spirit follows Jesus who followed John the B.
Freedom/gifting follows lordship which follows giving up
We give up, then we follow, then we receive
Promise – cuts across all sorts of social & familial barriers
Most inclusive promise ever
Those far away
Extremities of margin
He is giving extreme examples to show breadth of inclusivity
Only prerequisite: the Lord calls them
Save yourselves – how do I not inadvertently join this generation?
This corrupt generation – who would that be?
Deut. 32: 5 degenerate children, perverse & crooked generation
Ps. 78:8their ancestors, a stubborn & rebellious generation
Phil 2:15 crooked & perverse generation
Those who welcomed his message – a reiteration of inclusivity
No prejudice other than the heart of recipient
Were baptized – baptism marked the emblem of all three (repent,
Baptism, gift of H. S.)
3,000 – not a symbolic number; probably fairly accurate
HUGE intake of new believer; more than a couple of house churches
Could have handled