Proclaiming Jesus as King (Acts 2:22-41) // Break Week 7
Updated: Aug 9, 2020
Published for Semester Break Week 7, 2020
Scripture: Acts 2:22-41
Speaker: Paddy Benn
Please download the slides for Break Week 7 and modify them for your faculty gathering as needed.
The EU continues to encourage faculties to be thinking and praying for people around the world who are Less Reached and Less Resourced (LRLR). For those of you who were at AnCon, we hope this week was a great encouragement and challenge for you to consider how you might serve the LRLR with your skills and resources.
Feel free to ask your faculty members if there are any missionaries or people groups that they have been praying for, and encourage them to share and lead the faculty in prayer at this time.
If you are a bit short on time, here is some information from the Joshua Project on the A Che people of China. They are a frontier group, which means they are an unreached people group with 0.1% or fewer Christians of any kind, and no evidence of a self-sustaining gospel movement. There is also no Bible translation available.
Friendly tip: Feel free to use/modify this prayer or write your own if you feel compelled to do so. Feel free to also pray for your faculty or other prayer points you may have too.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come before You now with great thanks and praise that we can meet together today. We thank You for the rest You have given us over the holidays, and that you have sustained us and kept us.
We thank You for AnCon last week, and for all the things we learned and were reminded of. Amidst a year that seems to keep changing, we thank You for the hope we have in Your great unshakable Kingdom.
Thank You that You are a patient and merciful God, who is waiting for more people to be saved into Your Kingdom. Please help us cast our eyes heavenward and give us courage and conviction to reach out and share the gospel to the people around us who don't yet know You.
As we enjoy the last few weeks of holidays, we pray that we would use our time well. We pray that You would draw us close to Your Word each day, and that we would make use of our extra time to labour for Your Kingdom, by being intentional and loving to our friends and family. Help us to see that each day is another chance to bring You praise and build Your Kingdom.
In Jesus' name,
Bible Reading: Acts 2:22-41
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,[a] put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, 27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’[b]
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand 35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’[c]
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Pre-talk discussion question
Who is Jesus that people follow, worship and proclaim?
1. Who was Jesus?
Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst (vs22)
2. Who was it who killed Jesus?
…this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men (vs 23)
3. Why is Jesus raised from the dead?
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption (vs 27)
4. Why did Jesus receive the promise?
…he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses (vs 31-32)
5. How is Jesus both Lord and Christ?
1.2 SAM 7 – ETERNAL DESCENDANT
2.PS 16 – RESURRECTION OF THE CHRIST
3.JESUS IS A DESCENDANT OF DAVID
4.PETER’S EYE WITNESS EXPERIENCE
6. What response is demanded?
2.TAKING HOLD OF THE PROMISES OF GOD