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Apostle Peter

Cat with open mouthThe Acts evangelism appeal to the people began when the Apostle Peter said to them in Acts 2.38-40, "'Each one of you must turn away from his sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God's gift, the Holy Spirit.' Peter made his appeal to them and with many other words he urged them." 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!" Turning round or repentance is necessary to receive Christ.✞

Okinawa Beach Scene

Okinawa beach sceneIn this Acts passage, Peter deliberately built an association with the people in his appeal. He urged the crowd in Acts 2.14, "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen to me and let me tell you what this means." In Acts 2.29 he added, "My brothers, I must speak to you plainly." The author William Manchester (1922-2004) told of a return visit he made to the site of a battle in Okinawa, Japan where he had fought as a 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 brothers, his fellow Jews and his friends in bringing them the Gospel.✞

"Acts Evangelism Appeal"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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