Acts 2: Praising God

The first chapter of Acts, the people were all in Jerusalem to celebrate God with offerings of their first fruits.  The apostles and followers of Christ were also there.  They had been meeting in a home when God filled each of them with the Holy Spirit, and they were filled with boldness and began speaking in every known tongue.  They were praising God and telling of the mighty works of God.  The crowds of people were amazed!  Aren't these men from Galilee?  (They were considered the least of the Jews.)  Yet each person heard them speaking in their own language.  Some began to laugh; they must be drunk! But Peter told them what they were witnessing. 

Peter stood up and began to preach to them. (2:17) "In the last days, the prophet Joel has said that God will pour out His Spirit. There will be a Day of the Lord several times, and the conclusion is when Jesus Christ returns to earth." Peter warned them to hear God's Word. "Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and you will be saved from your sins. God meets us where we are!" (2:37) They were cut to the heart, and 3,000 men followed Christ that day and were baptized, not counting women and children.

These people witnessed mighty signs and wonders; later, they brought those who were sick or possessed by a spirit and every one was healed by the apostles.

There had been 400 years of silence from God, the time separating the writings of the Old and New Testaments.  During this time, the Jewish people had fallen into sinful living, idolatry, and all manner of evil without God's intervention. They worshiped the creation rather than the Creator. Sound familiar? This is what we see today even in our own society.  What are your gods (e.g., distractions, worldly pleasures, going our own way and little or no time spent with God)? John 6:23: "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." 

Christ provided the solution. That is everyone's good news! 

GET INVOLVED:  Growth Groups, which meet weekly and are available throughout the week at church or in homes, are for fellowship, for sharing your life within relationships, like the relationship we have with Christ. Openness, honesty, sharing, and helping each other. You are “broken” when you realize God owns everything, and He loves you and every soul unconditionally. Check out the list of growth groups to choose from, or ask for information in the church office.

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