Acts 2: 37 - 42

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?

 

Proper response:

1.     Repent

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

            You

            Children

            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? 

            Follow Jesus

 

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