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Apostle Peter

Small KittenThe Acts evangelism appeal to the people began when the Apostle Peter said to them in Acts 2.38-40, "'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off - for all whom the Lord our God will call.' With many other words, he warned them; and he pleaded with them, 'Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.'" Billy Sunday, (1862-1935) the great American street preacher and former outfielder in the baseball National League, urged his hearers to come to repentance. Someone once said to him, "Bill, you rub the fur the wrong way!" His reply was, "Let the cats turn round!" Repentance is necessary to receive Christ.

Okinawa Beach Scene

Okinawa BeachIn this Acts passage, Peter deliberately built an association with the people in his appeal. He urged the crowd in Acts 2.14b, "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say." In Acts 2.29 he added, "Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day." The author William Manchester (1922-2004) told of a return visit he made to the site of the battle in Okinawa, Japan where he had fought as an American Marine thirty-four years earlier. He wrote, "Men, I now knew, do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction, they fight for their friends." Peter cared for his friends, his brothers and his fellow Jews in bringing them the Gospel.

"Acts Evangelism Appeal"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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