Cut to the Heart – The Book of Acts 2:14-39Written by admin on Jan 30, 2018 in - No Comments
Adam looks at Peter’s first proper sermon at Pentecost in Jerusalem. And how we might engage what the Spirit of God is speaking to us today.
Sermon Discussion Questions
- When he gave his first sermon as a young Bible College student, Adam felt ill equipped. Yet, afterword, a woman told him God had spoken to her through the sermon. Have you ever experienced God speak or minister to you through someone who probably did not know in the moment that they were being used of God? Conversely, have you ever found out that God used something you said in another person’s life even though you didn’t notice or feel it at the time?
- What are some of your observations about and first impressions of Peter’s sermon? What do you think he’s trying to do in this sermon? Does anything about this sermon surprise, intrigue, or disturb you?
- According to Joel (Acts 2:17–21), the Spirit’s coming inaugurates a new age. Do you think of yourself as living in a new age? What makes the new age different from the old age, and what are you thankful for when it comes to the fact that, biblically speaking, you live in a new age?
- In a letter to the Corinthian church, Paul writes that God was pleased to use the foolishness of preaching to save those who believed (1 Cor. 1:21). How might preaching be thought of as foolish? Do Paul’s words here shed any light on Peter’s sermon and the people’s response for you?
- Luke tells us that those who listened to Peter’s sermon were “cut to the heart” and asked, “What shall we do?” Have you ever been similarly “cut to the heart,” whether by a sermon, scripture passage, conversation, or even a piece of art? Did you respond, or did you let the moment pass by? Pray that the next time the Spirit “cuts to the heart” you will have the faith and discipline to respond.