Author: Ron Graham
Analysis of Peter's Sermon
—On the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2)
This lesson analyses Peter's sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2).
Peter begins by cutting down the barriers to his message:
Peter’s audience is drawn by the sensational event . He directs their attention to the important thing: "Heed my words".
- PREJUDICE & SKEPTICISM:
Others mocked the apostles, saying they were drunk. Peter counters this prejudice.
Peter lays these foundations of proof for his message:
The testimony of the prophets makes up half the transcript of the sermon (v17-21; 25-28; 34-35).
Jesus was accredited by his miracles.
Peter proclaims two of the most basic truths of the gospel. He then powerfully restates them in verse 36.
- THE CROSS:
Jesus' death on the cross was not a victory for his enemies, but the plan of God"
- THE RESURRECTION:
"God raised him up from the dead". He has been exalted to the right hand of God"
Obviously they would have to believe in Jesus Christ, but their faith ought to be obedient.
Peter said to them, when they asked what they must do, "Repent..."
"...and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ..."
These promises were to "all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call" (v39).
"...for the forgiveness of sins..."
- GIFT OF THE SPIRIT:
"...and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"
Chart by Ron Graham