Acts 3 – Gospel Message

Read Acts 3

After healing the crippled man, which in an of itself was a testimony to the power that they had received from the Holy Spirit, Peter addresses the crowd that had gathered at the Temple.  They had gone there to worship God but instead found themselves confronted with a much greater reality of God’s love and power in Jesus Christ.

Peter’s message, however, is not new to us.  If you read Acts 2 yesterday you might notice some similar language and themes that are present here.  Why?  Because Peter is presenting the Gospel.

Today, it seems, churches throughout North America are focusing on new ways to reach people with the message of Jesus.  We feel that we need to be flashy and fresh with our message, our music, our building, our mission, and even possibly, our leadership.  People feel the need to fit the Gospel into cultural movements so that it becomes more relevant.

Yet here Peter’s message is consistent.  We aren’t told how many days have passed since Pentecost when Peter addressed the crowd that had gathered.  It is, however, safe to say that some of these people had heard, or heard of Peter on that Pentecost day.  Does that mean that Peter’s felt the need to change the message He preached?  No.

The message of the Gospel needs no assistance in reaching people.  In fact, the Holy Spirit works through the preaching of God’s Word wherever it happens.  Our desires to “dress it up” and “make it new” reflect a rather shallow opinion of what the Holy Spirit can and will do when God’s Word is proclaimed.

Now, this doesn’t give us an excuse to not study God’s Word, but it does remind us of the priority of the Spirit’s work in the spread of the Gospel Message.


3 Responses to “Acts 3 – Gospel Message”

  1. staci says:

    the simple gospel!

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  3. […] Acts 3:19-21 – Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. […]

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