A. Three Categories and One Qualification for the Promise. v. 39 1. The promise is to you. Those listening that day 2. The promise is to your children. On-going, continuing 3. To all who are afar off. The scattered ones 4. As many as the Lord our God will call. Joel 2:32
B. Repent and Be Baptized 1. Peter and John the Baptist 2. Is Peter Preaching Baptismal Regeneration? 3. Baptism ‚Äď in the name of Jesus Christ 4. What about Baptism today? v. 41
II. The Sermon Applied 41-47
A. The New Community Grows 1. Adding to the Number v. 41, 47 2. Two Primary Reasons for this Phenomenal Growth a. The coming of the Holy Spirit with power. b. The work of regeneration
1) The Word is proclaimed (the preaching of the gospel to all) 2) The Word is effectually applied by the Holy Spirit (regeneration) 3) Conversion is the fruit of the regenerated heart (faith and repentance) 4) Justification (This is God‚Äôs unchangeable declaration that we are righteous) 5) Adoption (What we have been studying in Adult Bible Study) 6) Sanctification (The on-going work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer ‚Äď this includes the perseverance of the Saints) 7) Glorification (That final day when at the resurrection we are totally perfected in Spirit and in Body)
B. The New Community in Action v. 42, 44,-46 1. The Apostle‚Äôs Doctrine
2. Fellowship (koinonia) 44-45 Association, a close relationship (including even marriage) Generosity, unity, sharing
Pastor Steve came to Christ at the age of 11. He graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in 1979 with a B.A. in theology as the Valedictorian of his class. He joined our church in 1978, came on staff, full-time in 1980, was ordained as an Elder in 1982, and became...