September 17 - Baptism and the New Community
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
We will continue a series based on God's Big Picture: Tracing the Story Line of the Bible, this Sunday in the youth room. This study will focus on the coherency of the Bible, following the specific theme kingdom of God and showing Christ as unifying subject and focus of the Bible. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “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 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”
Jesus, after teaching the parable of the lost coin, says, that there is joy before the angels in heaven over one sinner who repents. Can you imagine the joy among the angels of heaven when 3000 sinners repent. This is the result after Peter preaches on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2.
Since we will be celebrating baptisms this weekend, I thought it would be good to consider again the glory of sinners converted into the new people of God as signified in baptism. Please consider reading the entire chapter where the Spirit descended, the apostles speak in tongues, Peter preaches and 3000 sinners repent and are baptized into the people of God, the local church in Jerusalem. In our section of this chapter 2, 37-42, we see that salvation comes to those who hear the gospel with conviction, repent and are baptized, who then enter the church to grow into being a people created for God. If heaven rejoices so ought we.
Review and Apply
What does it mean that they 'were cut to the heart'? How does that describe the conviction you felt when you heard the gospel in a saving way? What is repentance?
What does repentance bring to the new Christian?
What is your practice of repentance as a continuing part of the Christian life?
What is the new direction of devotion for the Christian as seen in 2.42?
In which of these do you find delight or challenge? Why?
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