Memory Verse: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” Acts 2:42.
Daily Bible Readings: Acts 2:1–40; Acts 2:41-47; Psalm 16; Psalm 110; 1 Peter 2:9-25; 2 Corinthians 5:1-21
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:22-41
We continue looking at the events on the Day of Pentecost in this lesson. Jesus had commanded His followers to preach His message and had given them the Spirit to do so on the Day of Pentecost. The apostles are filled with power to be Christ’s witnesses. Peter, with the other eleven apostles behind him, stands up to preach the good news about Jesus and His resurrection. The points Peter makes about Jesus are made again and again throughout the rest of Acts.
Peter also refutes the notion that those filled with the Holy Ghost are drunk. It is incredulous that 120 Jews would be intoxicated on the morning of a holy feast day. He quotes Joel 2:28-32 to explain that this is the fulfillment of prophecy by God.
In response to this message, we see the good news of the Gospel spreading to the residents throughout Jerusalem. We also look at what happens after Pentecost. We get an overview of the life of the early church. They had things in common. They sold their possessions to share. They daily praised God and went to the temple together. They were bold in proclaiming the Gospel. They were devoted to prayer and fellowship. They continued in the apostles’ doctrine. And their number was added to daily, “such as should be saved.”
Acts 2:14-4.1 Peter’s Sermon
- What does Peter use to back up his preaching? Acts 2:16, 25, 34.
- Has Joel 2:28-32 been completely fulfilled? According to Acts 2:33 when are the “last days” in Acts 2:17?
- Along with preaching the facts about Jesus, what else did Peter speak about and what was the response? Acts 2:23, 37.
- What are the steps to salvation that are described by Peter in his sermon at Pentecost? What steps are not included? Acts 2:37-39.
- What action was Peter asking for when he asked those who were pricked in their heart to repent? Acts 2:38; Mark 1:4, 15; Luke 3:3; 13:3; 24:47. What is the meaning of the word repentance?
- Does baptism bring forgiveness of sins? Acts 2:38; Romans 2:25; 6:3-4.
- What does it mean when Peter said that Jesus is “both Lord and Christ”? Acts 2:36.
- In Acts 2:25-28, 34-35, we see Peter quoting what David said about Jesus from Psalm 16:8-11 and Psalm 110:1. What do these verses tell us about David’s view of the Messiah?
Acts 2:42-47. The Fellowship of the Believers
- What do you think the “apostles’ teaching” or “doctrine” was that is mentioned in Acts 2:42?
- In Acts 2:42-47, Luke describes believers who had “all things common” and “sold their possessions and goods….” Is that an example for us today? Why or why not?
Question for thought:
It is easy to criticize the modern church when we look at the early church in Acts 2:42-47. Instead, ask yourself which of these characteristics are evident in your life. Do you love the brethren? Are you faithful in study of doctrine, in fellowship and in prayer?