PETER’S SERMON ON
TEXT: Acts 3:11-26
Introduction: In Acts chapter 3, Peter and John healed a lame man at the gate of the temple called Beautiful. When news of the miracle spread, a huge crowd began to gather in an area of the temple called Solomon’s Porch.
Read TEXT (vs. 11-12). So, seeing the multitude coming together, Peter, as usual, took the opportunity to preach Christ to the people.
What we want to do in this lesson is to look at four facts about Jesus from TITLE.
I. He is the glorified Servant, vs. 13-16. “God…glorified His Servant, Jesus”—how?
A. By sending Him to die for our sins (You…killed the Prince of life”): Phil. 2:5-8
B. Also, by raising Him from the dead (“whom God raised from the dead”): Rom. 1:3-4
C. And by empowering His messengers to perform miracles (“His name…has made this man strong”): Mk. 16:15-20
II. He is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, vs. 17-21. “Those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets…He has thus fulfilled.”
A. E.g., born of a virgin: Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:18-25
B. Born in Bethlehem: Mic. 5:2, Lk. 2:1-7
C. In fact: Lk. 24:44-45
III. He is the Prophet like Moses, vs. 22-24. “For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me…’”
A. Peter is quoting another prophecy, this one made by Moses: Deut. 18:15-19
B. Peter is affirming, as did John the Baptist, that Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy: Jn. 1:19-27
C. Thus, just as God spoke to Israel through Moses, He speaks to us through Christ: Heb. 1:1-2, 3:1-6—HEAR HIM!
IV. He is the Seed of Abraham, vs. 25-26. “saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”
A. God made a promise to Abraham: Gen. 12:1-3, 22:15-18
B. Jesus is a descendant of Abraham: Matt. 1:1-2ff, 16
C. Paul affirms that Jesus is the fulfillment of this promise too: Gal. 3:15-16
Conclusion: Here, Peter suggests four important reasons why the apostles were so zealous in preaching Jesus Christ.
Those of us who are Christians need to be just as zealous in proclaiming this message to a lost and dying world.
But if you’re not a Christian, you need to hear, believe, and obey this message—note v. 19
By Wayne S. Walker
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