The Early Church's account in Acts 2.14-41 is a kind of A B C of evangelism. Shortly after the Day of Pentecost the Apostles apply the lessons that Jesus had taught them when they address the large crowds. Peter's evangelism strategy emerges. "Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: 'Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.'" What Peter knew in his heart and mind needed to be shared with his fellow Israelites.✞
It reminds me of the Irish Bishop who spoke to a new curate after hearing this young man's first sermon. "Your sermon," the Bishop explained, "is full of peace and mercy." The curate beamed with pride until the Bishop added, "Your Peace passes all understanding and your mercy endures for ever!" It was incomprehensible and too long!
Peter's strategy for evangelism continues to explain the facts about Jesus in Acts 2.23 and 36, "In accordance with his own plan, God had already decided that Jesus would be handed over to you, and you killed him by letting sinful men crucify him." "All the people of Israel, then, are to know for sure that this Jesus whom you crucified, is the one that God has made Lord and Messiah." The evangelist sometimes had to attack injustice, but we should remember the example of our master, "Jesus criticized, but he was prepared to die for his critics."✞