May 18, 2020

The Gospel Furthered Through Community

Acts 2:14–47

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Peter's Sermon at Pentecost

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.1 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

17   “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
  that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    and your young men shall see visions,
    and your old men shall dream dreams;
18   even on my male servants and female servants
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19   And I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20   the sun shall be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
    before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21   And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

22 “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, as you yourselves know—23 this Jesus,2 delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him,

  “‘I saw the Lord always before me,
    for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26   therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
    my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27   For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
    or let your Holy One see corruption.
28   You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 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. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

  “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
  “Sit at my right hand,
35     until I make your enemies your footstool.”’

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.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe3 came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Footnotes

[1] 2:15 That is, 9 a.m.
[2] 2:23 Greek this one
[3] 2:43 Or fear

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Key Verse | Acts 2:46-47

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. 

Bio | Marc Flores

​​​​​Hello, friends! My name is Marc, and I'm 25 years old. I'm originally from Houston, but have called Dallas home since 2017.

The Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the truth of the gospel nearly seven years ago when I was a freshman at Texas A&M University (Gig 'em, Aggies). Now, I'm fortunate to have an amazing group of brothers and sisters in Christ at Watermark. They push me daily to think less about myself and to conform to the image of Jesus.

Central Truth

Living life in authentic Christian community is one of the most effective ways we can draw nonbelievers to Christ.

Devotional | Acts 2:14–47

Acts 2 was one of the first passages I studied when I became a Christ-follower. Growing up, I would have told you I was a Christian. But my actions did not say, "Marc follows...

Acts 2 was one of the first passages I studied when I became a Christ-follower. Growing up, I would have told you I was a Christian. But my actions did not say, "Marc follows Jesus." After putting my faith in Christ, I wondered: how was my life going to be different?

I imagine there must have been a similar question running through the minds of the 3,000 people who believed after Peter's sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41). "How would life as a genuine follower of Jesus look different than life just following rules to please God?"

Similar to how Acts 2 described our Christian brothers and sisters, I also found myself consistently spending time around other believers who encouraged me in my relationship with Christ (Hebrews 10:24-25). This community showed me how Christians should display their faith to the rest of the world. I wanted to do things to show I followed Jesus; not because I needed to move the needle on a "holiness" gauge, but because I truly desired more of Him. 

I noticed that non-Christians didn't necessarily agree with what we believed, but no one could argue with the love we had for God and each other. And slowly but surely, I saw more and more people wanting the joy and peace we had.

The early church was not perfect, and neither are we. But the first believers lived life authentically, and people couldn't help but want that kind of life, too (Acts 13:48). I first desired to know God because I saw His love on display by His people. Do you want to see God save more and more people? Let's strive to look more like the Acts 2 church daily!

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Discussion Questions

1. In what ways does your biblical community look like the Acts 2 church?

2. Do you have room to improve? If so, how? 

3. What does it mean to have favor with all the people (Acts 2:47)?

7 Comments available

Sue Bohlin 12 days ago

Thanks, Marc! I’m so glad you have an Acts 2 testimony of your own!

Even though the emphasis on today’s reading is the beautiful community of the early church, I am stuck on Peter reciting the glorious promise from Joel that “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I’m wondering if he called out a panicky “JESUS!!!” when he was sinking, so he experienced Jesus saving him both physically and spiritually?

I am grateful for the simplicity of what the Lord is looking for: just calling on His name, which represents all of who He is. Some people want to make salvation a matter of getting one’s theology right–but the Lord says, “Call on Me. Call on My name. I want to save you more than you want to be saved.”

Greg Jones 12 days ago

Marc, great devotional on community.

“But Peter,” or, “then Peter,” I hear Peter addressing those claiming drunkenness in vv14-21. “Fellow Jews and all you who live in Judea” then quotes from the prophet Joel concerning God’s future promises to Jerusalem and Judea.

Peter shifting his attention to the crowd v22-23. “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: you with the help of some wicked men put Jesus to death”.

vv29-35 Peter shifts from Jerusalem/Judea prophecies (1st group) to messianic prophecies (2nd group)

Peter pulling the crowd together:

V36 Therefore let [all Israel] know, God has made Jesus both, Lord, and Messiah.

Q3 Sometimes it starts with someone else speaking a good word on our behalf.

Michael Scaman 12 days ago

Both Peter (here) and Paul (later in Acts) said that Psalm 16 was speaking of Jesus resurrection.

Psalm 110 is dramatic in itself, mores when you realize Psalm 109 was talking about the Judas betrayal back to back with this. Jesus betrayal and glorification back to back.

Michael Scaman 12 days ago

Joel assures that “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Joel 2:32 is also quoted not just here in Acts 2:21, but also Romans 10;13

In Joel there was a restoration and improvement promised “I will give you back the years the locust have eaten” Joel 2:25 immediately before this passage

Shawn Foster 12 days ago

Thank you very much young man! Very encouraging. Yesterday one of my brothers in community pulled his back moving furniture. His wife sent a text out and two of us immediately went over and completed the move. A small gesture but we were strangers not too long ago. Plenty of room for improvement but thrilled to spur one another on in the meantime! I think ‘favor with the people’ means integrity- in word & deed. Others may disagree with our theology, but when our love is undefeated, indisputable and on display it speaks volumes. Have a great day of worship and Thanks again. Romans 15:13

Hope Harris 12 days ago

GM JTJ

This section of Acts calls me to a radical commitment. To do life together. To invest time to those coming to their new life in Christ. Its a call to walk beside others. Its a call to commit time energy and resources to community, to new believers(make disciples) and share the gospel.

Lord confirm the things you have placed on my heart to do. Give me wisdom and direction.

Hugh Stephenson 12 days ago

GM Marc. Love this devo. I centered on, “…but no one could argue with the love we had for God and each other.”

I love the encouragement in recent messages, (paraphrasing), “Those who look at your life should be so amazed that they come up and demand an explanation.”

I link to verse 43, “… and awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.”

And verse 46b, “glad and generous hearts…”

I embrace this call; to live a life so well acquainted with God that I am filled with awe, my heart is constantly filled with gladness and generosity and that others are amazed.

Verse 43 gives me the model, “…And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

Study God’s Word, live in community, worship, evangelize.

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