Welcome to Central. It's so good to see all your faces. Wherever you're watching from, welcome to our church. If you have a Bible, go ahead and turn to Acts chapter two is we're going to spend our time together today. Acts chapter two. While you're turning there, I want to say hi to Christy and Wayne from the Glendale campus.
[00:00:16] I sat right behind them at the Diamondbacks game on Friday night. Go Reds. You know who you are. Sorry, they won in Jesus' name. I'm not that sorry though. Acts chapter two, Acts chapter two. I was wearing a Reds hat, so I'm not sorry at all. I was actually rooting for it. Acts chapter two. We celebrated Easter a week ago.
[00:00:34] And Pastor Cal if you were with us talked all about this idea that we, because of Jesus, we can have hope in despair. Like, no matter how bad things seem to be going, we can always have hope because of the resurrection of Jesus. We have peace, we have life, we have all these incredible things offered to us because of who Jesus is. More than the Easter egg hunts and the chocolate bunnies and the pastel colored clothing,
[00:01:00] that's what Easter is about. That's why we celebrate it. It's the best news ever. And so today we're in a series called From Now On. If Easter just happened, like, like, what are we going to do now? How are we gonna change? How are we going to live differently? How are we going to actually do this? From now on.
[00:01:20] Are we going to do this all over again this year where we don't really change anything and we just sort of go through the motions and we come back to Easter 2022, and we do the same thing. Pink shirt, hide the eggs for our kids, tweet out he is risen and move on to the next year, or are we going to actually live differently?
[00:01:38] Are we going to declare from now on if that's true, if Jesus rose from the grave to defeat death for all time for me and for you, are we going to live differently? And in this from now on series, we're going to look at stories from the book of Acts, which, which talks about the early church and how the church got started.
[00:01:58] And the book of Acts takes place literally right after the resurrection. It's a perfect way to frame our from now on conversation. We're going to look at how Jesus resurrection changed everything for the early church, and it changes everything for us today. So, let me pray for us. And then we will jump in. God,
[00:02:18] we're thankful for today. We're thankful for who you are. God, we're thankful for the time of worship. We just get to sing songs together. And now we get to continue in worship as we learn from your word. And so we ask God by the power of your Holy spirit, by the power of the good news of Jesus that you will speak to us now.
[00:02:41] Get me out of the way, get distractions out of the way God, and amplify your voice to our hearts, to our lives. We love you. And it's in Jesus' name that we pray and everybody said, amen. I get overly frustrated with confusing instructions. Okay. So that's just the thing about me. It's one of the things in life that gets me from a one to a 10, like that.
[00:03:00] If there's confusing instructions. And to be fair, let me just say this right up front. I'm not that smart. And so I get that part of it. I'm owning my part of this equation. I'm not that bright, but I get so frustrated with confusing instructions. We're, we're trying to get a nursery ready for our second little girl on the way. We're do in like three weeks,
[00:03:21] and so it's kind of insane. But we had to get all new stuff for the nursery. Apparently the bookshelf didn't work well enough for our first daughter. So we needed a brand new one. Why not? And so my wife, my wife gets like a bookshelf and a dresser and a bed frame, all this type of stuff. And we have packages coming to our door every day.
[00:03:38] It's a blast. And as I'm putting this stuff together, sometimes the instructions are really clear and helpful and thorough. And I feel so seen as somebody who's very dumb. Like, thank you so much for caring about me in this time. But sometimes it's like a dresser that's 60 parts and there's like three pages with pictures and I'm like, you've got to do more for me than that.
[00:03:59] I don't understand what you're doing. Like you might as well just done a one page instruction manual. It's like, we hate you have a terrible all day. Go argue with your wife. Good luck. Call this number, we're not going to pick up deal with it, right. It's like, okay, outstanding, outstanding. Think of a time in your life when you were getting confusing instructions. For real, take a minute and think about that.
[00:04:22] And all of us, the example is probably at an airport with a TSA agent. Isn't it? Because I never know what I'm supposed to do when I'm about when I'm going through the security at an airport and I'm not trying to hate on, on that profession. I cannot imagine all that they see in a given day, but every time I fly anywhere, the rules have completely changed for what I'm supposed to keep on,
[00:04:42] take off separated. Like I'd never know what's going on. I was just flying somewhere a couple of months ago and I started the whole routine, you know, I'm like keys out, phone out, belt off, and I go to get my shoes to take them off. And the TSA agent was just not having it that day. And I'm like going down to get my shoes, sir, keep your shoes on,
[00:04:59] can you keep moving please? I'm like, Oh my bad. Like just in the last 29 years of my experience, I had to take my shoes off each time. So I didn't know. I didn't get the memo this morning that everything changed, but thanks for your grace and patience. Confusing instructions. This happens in the Bible sometimes too.
[00:05:20] And it can be so frustrating. There's times when it feels like God is saying two completely opposite things to do at the same time. And you read it and go, wait, what is, what did I miss? Like, am I missing a page? Like what happened? I'll give you an example. Maybe you're familiar with the great commission. Talking about a series from now on. Right after Jesus was resurrected.
[00:05:40] He, he shows back up to his disciples and he gives them this incredible commission to go and change the world. We find it in Matthew 28. It says this, therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything,
[00:05:59] I have commanded you. The great commission. You're like, yes, let's do it. He is risen. We're going to be sent out to all nations. We can do this. But then there's this frustrating verse in Acts chapter one, specifically in Acts one for the same Jesus, talking to the same disciples, within the same couple of days.
[00:06:16] And he says this in Acts four, do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift, my Father promised which you have heard me speak about. Wait, what? Don't leave. Didn't you just say, therefore, go into all nations. Do you work for the TSA? Jesus, what is happening right now? Like you just said, therefore go and now you say, actually don't even leave Jerusalem.
[00:06:36] Like what is happening? We have the great commission and then Acts one, four. We have the great contradiction. And I know that that joke is terrible, but I have a microphone and you have to hear it. Cause I like it. Okay. So why, why would Jesus tell them to wait? Don't leave. Stay in Jerusalem. You just said go into all nations.
[00:06:54] Like we can't stay here. What are you talking about? What did, what did they still need? What am I missing? They had the facts, they had the training with Jesus. They had seen him do miracles. They'd even helped him with some of the miracles. They had seen the risen Jesus. What did they still need? Jesus knew that they still needed power.
[00:07:16] Holy Spirit, resurrection power. He knew that if these men and women were going to go into all nations, that they were going to go try to build this church based on the things that they knew in their head, they were going to get smoked. That's a biblical term. You can, you can take notes on it. Jesus knew that it, all they had was the facts of all they had was their tradition.
[00:07:37] If all they had was the stuff that they had learned in those three years, they had no chance of therefore going and making disciples in all nations. They needed Holy Spirit resurrection power that pulls Jesus out of the tomb alive. Like Holy Spirit power that gives us joy and peace and hope that cannot be taken.
[00:07:54] That's the only way they needed the Holy Spirit. And the same is true for us today. It reminds us, it reminds me of us, the American church in 2021. A lot of us know the facts. Many of us know the memory verses. Many of us know the right times to lift our arms during worship. Like we get all that, right. We know Jesus has risen praise God, it's Friday, but Sunday's coming.
[00:08:18] Amen. Send tweet. We know how to do all that stuff. What else do we need? We need power. Holy Spirit, power, resurrection power. That's the only way we're going to do anything that matters forever. It's not from the facts. It's not from the right words and traditions. It's just from the Holy Spirit. And it's so easy to normalize this good news because we spend so much time focusing on the facts.
[00:08:47] We have this sort of unfazed, bored, indifferent, lifeless faith, because we have reduced following Jesus down to just knowing a bunch of things. We've reduced it down to a church building once a week. And that's not what following Jesus is. Praise God. He has more for us than that. We were created and called into something way bigger than just going to church sometimes.
[00:09:12] I want to look at a story in Acts two and it's not unfazed. It's not stale. It's not bored. It's amazing. And I'm praying that it'll show us and help us and teach us to have a faith that amazes people. We want to be a church. That's a group of people sent out into the world in a way that is so undeniably powerful that your neighbors and your coworkers and your, your extended family.
[00:09:36] Everybody that you interact with, can't help, but take notice of the power that is within you. That's the type of church we want to be. We want this church to have an amazing eternal impact wherever we go. Not because we're great, but because God is just that big. So let's start reading Acts chapter two, starting in verse one.
[00:09:58] It says this when the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house, where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them, all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues or languages as the Spirit enabled them.
[00:10:21] Now, there were staying in Jerusalem, God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Look at verse seven. Here's that word. Utterly amazed. They asked are not all these men who are speaking
[00:10:38] Galileans. Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, Kappa Dosha, Pontus Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, parts of Libya near Siren, visitors from Rome, both Jews and converse to Judaism, Cretins, and Arabs. We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues.
[00:11:00] Then look at verse 12, amazed and perplexed, they asked for one another. What does this mean? I love that question. What does this mean? Some however, made fun of them and said they have had too much wine. I love the Bible. Amazing, amazing. Here's a little background about what we just read. So we find out right away when the day of Pentecost came. Pentecost, that word literally just means 50th.
[00:11:25] This was a, this was a tradition, a holiday. They celebrated every year. This wasn't just a one-time thing. Pentecost. They did this every year and it's called 50th because it was 50 days after Passover every year. That's when they celebrated it. And celebrating Pentecost was celebrating the first fruits of your harvest.
[00:11:42] So you might know that when you have a new harvest, the very first crops from it, go to God because our first and our best go to God. After that offering, the first fruits that are left for us, they would gather and come together and worship God and go, wow, look at God, he's providing enough that we can sacrifice to him.
[00:12:00] And we still have more than enough for ourselves. So every year they got together and they celebrated their first fruits during Pentecost. It was instituted all the way back in Leviticus and like the dark part of the Bible that nobody likes to open up that much. This was a part of Jewish life. This was culture,
[00:12:16] this was tradition. Because this was always celebrated 50 days after Passover. And because we know that Jesus was arrested and beaten and murdered and resurrected the weekend of Passover. We know that this event that we just read about was less than two months after the resurrection of Jesus. 50 days after the world changed forever,
[00:12:39] this happened. Now, if you could imagine being there witnessing this happened, seeing the power, this is why Jesus told them to wait. For this power. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind from heaven filled the whole house tongues of fire coming down. And there is a ton of time we could spend talking about what tongues of fire and speaking in tongues means in general. Christians agree on it like 100%.
[00:13:08] So it's really helpful. What you need to know for our time today is that these witnesses to this would have been absolutely floored by what they were seeing and hearing. They're blown away the way they're like aren't these men Galileans. So even more than, it's weird to hear somebody from a different place
[00:13:27] speaking your language fluently, people from Galilee, Galileans were stereotyped generalized as being uneducated, being dumb, but definitely uncapable of anything as amazing as this. They were just blue collar. They were fishermen, they were poor. They were bottom of the barrel. They were not sophisticated.
[00:13:45] So we know that the power in this scene had nothing to do with them. So I think we can conclude for our first point today out of Acts two, that there's power when God shows up. Not because of these Galileans. They're Galileans, I don't even know if they can read. There's power when God shows up. And it doesn't always make sense.
[00:14:04] We may not be able to explain it. But there's no doubt about it. This scene was incredibly powerful. And I love this though, because right here in these verses, we see two different responses on kind of either side of the coin that I think we can learn from that will teach us today. Let's start with the negative one.
[00:14:21] You can kind of sense the cynical nature of some of these witnesses, right? And it makes sense. I mean, this is insane. This has never happened before this isn't just another Pentecost or it's like, cool. Let's just eat some weird food and see my aunts and uncles, like, no, like this is different now. This was crazy.
[00:14:37] They're like, no way. Aren't these Galileans. They're not smart enough to do that. How are they speaking my language? And I love how it ends in verse 13, some however, made fun of them and said, they've had too much wine. Do you know how much wine you have to drink to fluently speak another language that you don't know?
[00:14:55] My guess would be a ton. But isn't this so much like us, I was convicted by this this week. I think we have such a bored, unfazed faith, because we're trying so hard to make God small enough for us to wrap our minds around. When something amazing happens. We're just like these people going, what is, I guess they're drunk.
[00:15:16] I don't know. Who knows. That doesn't make sense in my brain. So I'm just going to give it an excuse that does make sense in my brain rather than trust that there's a big God that does things beyond my understanding. We would rather be right than be a witness to these incredible things that our God does in our lives.
[00:15:33] We would rather, we would rather be in the know we'd rather understand than follow a God that does things beyond human understanding. If your view of God and who he is and why He does what he does makes perfect sense to you. I want to tell you, you got a small view of God. He's bigger than that. I would have these big faith questions growing up and get so frustrated by them and ask my parents, like, what does this mean?
[00:15:56] I don't understand. And my mom and all of her love and compassion one time told me Caleb geometry doesn't really make sense to you. So it's yeah. Isn't it a good thing. Isn't it a good thing that the God that created everything is a little bit beyond what your mind can dream up. And I was like, well, that's a little hurtful for no reason, but the point is true, right?
[00:16:19] It's true. The older I get, man, the more I read this Bible, the more I pray, the more I seek to understand God and really know his heart, the more hope and peace I find from not knowing. He's bigger than me. And the in Paul's new Testament letters, he says that God's grace surpasses all understanding. And Paul had the whole old Testament memorized
[00:16:42] we think. So if he doesn't get it, I'm definitely not going to get it. Like, like there's worship in when God, God is bigger than what we can think about. That should lead us to worship. It shouldn't lead us to doubt. It shouldn't lead us to start to minimize things. I guess they're drunk. Who cares? No, it should lead us to worship because that's how big our God is.
[00:17:00] Wow. God. How big could your love be? I know how much I love my wife. And my daughter, my daughter, on the way, my parents, I love them a ton. It doesn't mean it's not even a fraction of God's love for me. And rather than going, I don't know what that means, I'm going to. No it's like, wow, how big is your love for me, for us, for all people?
[00:17:20] God, how powerful. Oh my goodness. How far reaching is your forgiveness and your grace? Because you say that you separated my sins as far as the East is from the West and that's impossible. So while I'm just going to worship, I have no idea what that means, but I know you're big. I know there's power, when you show up. We also see a different response in this same story.
[00:17:44] And I think it's a great example of what we can do, how we can respond to God's bigness in verse 12, read it again with me. It says amazed and perplexed. They asked one another. What does this mean? I love this question. This is so honest. This is prayer. If you're in here and you're newer and you're like, I don't know how to pray, how to just start there.
[00:18:05] What does this mean? This is bigger than what I can think about. This is beyond what I can comprehend. This doesn't make sense to me. God, what does this mean? I want to trust you. I don't want to make assumptions. I don't want to try to minimize you down to something small enough for me to understand. I just want to be filled with the spirit.
[00:18:21] I just want to trust. I just want to trust that you're going to send me into rooms that I can't imagine that might scare me, but because I'm filled with the Holy Spirit, I can kick the door down because that's how big you are. What does this mean? There's power when God shows up. Let's keep reading verse 14.
[00:18:39] So we have this amazing scene. And then Peter says this. Then Peter stood up with the 11, stood up with the 11, raised his voice and addressed the crowd. Fellow Jews, and all of you who live in Jerusalem. Let me explain this to you. Listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk as you suppose. It's only nine the morning.
[00:18:59] I love Peter. Nevermind. I should move on. Okay. I'm gonna get in trouble. Verse 16, no, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel. He's going, this was always the plan. This was always the plan. In the last days, God says, I will pour out my spirit on all people, your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions.
[00:19:18] Your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my spirit in those days and they will prophesy. I will show you wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below. Blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
[00:19:36] Look at verse 21 and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Beautiful news. That word, everyone in the Greek. It's really interesting. It means everyone. Like you and me and everyone in your life. Isn't that amazing. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. So we talked about this amazing scene and now we see this amazing transformation.
[00:19:57] We said, there's power when God shows up. Now we can tell from Peter's life there's power in us, when God shows up. There's power in us, when God shows up. This is 50 days after Peter denied Jesus. After he let his fear overtake him after he was too scared to even admit that he was friends with Jesus. Less than two months later, he stands up and addresses the crowd.
[00:20:23] What. It's because there's power in us when God shows up. Peter's bold, he stands up, he lifts his voice. Everything is at stake. This is the same city where Jesus was just murdered. There's some of the same Jewish religious people in the crowd that just had Jesus arrested and murdered seven weeks before this.
[00:20:46] But Peter stands up and speaks. This is power. This is transformation. This is the gospel. And look at me. This is who we can be. This is how we can live. There's power in us when God shows up. Peter models for us, what it looks like to be transformed, what it looks like to live from now on. I think there's two realities, two different things that we're going to have to work through.
[00:21:12] At least two, but two from this text that we're going to have to work through. If we're going to live from now on. The first one, sadly, our culture has become okay with a boring version of what it means to follow Jesus. Man, God help us. We we've neutered it down to don't cuss, wave at your neighbor, put a sticker on your car, come to church when you can.
[00:21:36] And I mean, I don't say that to point a finger at you. I say that to tell you as lovingly, as I can. That there's more here for you. Shame on us as the church, if we have taught or modeled that following Jesus is just about coming to church sometimes and listening to K-Love. There is so much more that God wants you to step into then
[00:21:58] that. It makes me think of people who are bad at ordering good food at a restaurant. Do you know anybody like this? You can go to the nicest place, but we all have a friend or family member that just always orders the worst thing, and then blames the restaurant after the meal. You know what I mean? Like imagine if you're at this seafood place, this is a totally hypothetical story,
[00:22:17] that's definitely not about my sister-in-law, but imagine you're you're at the seafood place theoretically. And it's like, it's the jam. It's like seafood towers with like the smoking ice. Like, I don't even know what that means. Like, and they got crab legs and oysters and lobster tail. And we always have that one person that's like, I'm just going to do the grilled chicken.
[00:22:37] And you're like, what? Do you know where we are? I'll just do grilled chicken and broccoli. You're like, Oh my Lord.
[00:22:48] Like some of this is on you. Like you ordered something bad, right? Like the world is your oyster literally, and you got the chicken. Some of this is on what you're ordering. If following Jesus is boring to you, you may not be following Jesus because following Jesus is not boring. I'm not trying to be harsh, but you just might be ordering the wrong thing.
[00:23:11] You don't go to a seafood restaurant and order the chicken. And you don't follow Jesus by just going to church, sometimes. Are you ordering a Holy Spirit filled transformative faith, or are you ordering grilled chicken with broccoli? Because God has so much for you. So much more than what we're settling for. We can live transformed.
[00:23:34] Okay. The second thing that we can get so caught up on is that we stay imprisoned by our past, by our insecurities, by our labels. We can not get over who we used to be and already said it, but this was less than two months after Peter denied Jesus, but he didn't stay there. He didn't sit in that he was made new.
[00:23:57] He was reconciled. He was transformed. Peter as a human, just like me and you. So, you know, he had that voice in his head when he stood up to proclaim this truth, Peter, you're a coward. You're not bold. You're too scared for this man. You're too offer this. You can't do this. Peter, what are you talking about?
[00:24:18] But he stood up and boldness because of the Holy Spirit and the enemy wants you to hear those same things. You know, you're, you're too much of this. You're not enough of that. You don't have the right fill in the blank. Job degree, kids. You don't, you you're you're damaged goods. You can't really do this.
[00:24:36] And I just want to tell you that Jesus died on the cross so that those insecurities and those labels and that bad news could stay dead, buried in the ground when he was resurrected and walked out of that tomb, he left your sin and your insecurities and your labels in there. I think he even metaphorically rolled the stone back over it.
[00:24:55] We're keeping that dead. And we spend so much time going, God, I know, man. I'm not, I don't know. Maybe. But man, I got a long receipt of sins and he's like, I know that. I paid for it already. Already pay you think I went to the cross because you were getting a, B minus? Already paid for your sins already paid for your mistakes.
[00:25:18] You don't got to live in those labels anymore. I buried those in the tomb. They're dead. Now you can be transformed there's power in us when God shows up. You are a son or a daughter of the living God. That's not who you are anymore. This is power. This is purpose. This is amazing. Everything that happens now is from now on. That's our mindset. We have a two and a half year old little girl, Sophie, Sophie Tsunami.
[00:25:44] We call her that because she's earned it in every way, every day of her life. So she's the best, but she she's going through a lot of transitions right now. She's about to be a big sister. We potty trained her like three months ago. And then last week we moved her into a big girl room. So she's got like a real bed and all that.
[00:26:02] It's a lot for a two year old to go through and it's going perfectly because I'm a pastor and my family is perfect. And so, um, no it's going terribly. She's uh, She's so freaked out. She's terrified. And so we're trying to like try everything to get her to fall asleep and not be scared at night, but it's really cool.
[00:26:21] She's catching the vision now. She's like given herself this little pep talk things that we've said to her, she'll just like, run down this list. Now. I'm not just saying this because it's cute. It is cute. But this is true. You can ask my wife, if it's like bedtime, she'll be like, we're like, come on. You can do this.
[00:26:36] She's like, I don't sleep in crib. Like, yeah, you don't sleep in a crib. I don't need a passy. You don't need a passy. I don't think the diaper, like, yeah, you don't need a diaper. She goes, I'm not a baby. Like, yeah, you're not a baby when you kind of are, but yeah, you're not a baby. You're a big girl. She goes, I'm big girl.
[00:26:53] Yeah. Mommy's a big girl. I'm not going to say that one out loud. And then, and then she's like, daddy, daddy's big girl. I'm like, you know what? We're working on this later, but let's just go to bed. Let's go to bed. But I love it, man, because this is amazing. This is what we need to learn. I don't know who he used to be.
[00:27:08] I don't know what you struggled with. I don't know how hard it was or still is, but I know that's not who you have to be anymore. In Jesus name, you've been transformed. There's power in you. When God shows up. There's power in you, you can be transformed. Let's keep reading verse 22. This is going to be a really long stretch of verses, but we got this.
[00:27:30] Okay. Peter, peter keeps preaching. Men of Israel, 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, this man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and for knowledge and you with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
[00:27:51] But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death. Look at this because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Again, no idea what that means, but that's awesome news. David said about him. I saw the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand. I will not be shaken.
[00:28:10] Therefore, my heart is glad. And my tongue rejoices, my body also will live and hope because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy one see decay. You have made known to me the pass of life. You will fill me with joy in your presence. And then Peter keeps preaching, brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried and his tomb is here to this day.
[00:28:31] 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. Seeing what was ahead. He spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life and we are all witnesses of the fact.
[00:28:49] 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. For David did not ascend to heaven, yet he said, the Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this.
[00:29:07] God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ. This is where our power comes from. This is what makes this faith amazing. It's Jesus. It's the victory that we have in Jesus. That first question, what does this mean? This is what this means. It all points to Jesus. Just from this one little section we find out that Jesus was God's set purpose.
[00:29:31] This was always the plan. He did miracle signs, wonders, death couldn't hold him. Like Peter says that God raised, raised this Jesus to life that this Jesus is both Lord and Christ. Our faith is not about knowing a bunch of things. It's about knowing Jesus and God helped me. I don't know about you, but I want to teach my daughters as they're growing up that following Jesus,
[00:29:50] isn't about coming to church sometimes and don't cuss. It's about this Jesus who is both Lord and Christ, who could the grave couldn't hold him. He came out in victory so that no matter how dark stuff seems, we can have victory too. That's why we're here. I don't want the chicken man. I want, I want resurrection power.
[00:30:10] I want hope in all situations. I want peace, no matter how chaotic things seem, because that's the only thing that's going to hold us here. Holy Spirit power resurrection power, because of what Jesus did on the cross. From now on, this is how we live. This is how we sing. This is how we preach. This is how we serve.
[00:30:35] It's all about Jesus. Lets finished out these verses. Verse 37. I love this response. When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and they said to Peter and the other apostles, this is a beautiful question of confession. Brothers, what shall we do? Peter replied, repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
[00:30:58] And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all, again, in the Greek, all who are far off for all whom the Lord, our God will call. With many other words, he warned them and pleaded with them, save yourselves from this corrupt generation. Those who accepted his message were baptized and about 3000 were added to their number that day.
[00:31:21] Another great prayer. If you're looking for somewhere to start. What should we do? You actually don't have to know the answer. That question is a great prayer. What should we do? Notice they didn't start to make excuses. They didn't get defensive. They didn't start looking for loopholes. They definitely didn't sit in their unfazed faith.
[00:31:37] They were cut to the heart. What should we do? Peter reminds them of God's amazing promise and there's power in God's promises. He's a man of his word. What else would we do, but respond God, what should we do? Peter has the answer for him. He says repent. Then I have to be at scary church word. It just means to turn to change direction, to go another way. Repent and then get baptized.
[00:32:05] Die to yourself. Come alive in Jesus name. Step into this forgiveness. Receive the Holy Spirit. All of you for all who are far off. I love that vision. I wish we could reach like that more often for all who are far off. This news is for you. If you're here today and you feel like that's me, I'm far off right now, you are right where you need to be. Welcome home come on let's
[00:32:28] get started. From now on. We can step into this. Let's have that vision as a church for all who are far off for every single person that we come into contact with, we can have faith. Because the grave couldn't keep Jesus in the grave. We can step into that. And Holy Spirit power, let's put to death, the fear and insecurities and the labels that used to rule over us.
[00:32:51] Let's step into purpose. And in Jesus name, let's move on from this unfazed, bored version of church, for our sake, for our kids' sake, for the sake of this culture that God is calling us into. From now on for all who are far off, we won't just sit by. We will stand. We will lift our voice because of who God is not because of who I am.
[00:33:13] I am powerful. I'm made new and you are too. We can be amazing because our God is just that big. Let's pray. God, we're thankful for today. So grateful for Peter's boldness God and his willingness to be filled with the Spirit. Because of nothing that he did and qualifications that he had God, but just because your good and your close and you filled him with your power.
[00:33:41] And so God, I pray for each and every one of us that you would call us into that work, that you would fill us with your Holy Spirit, God, and send us out for your kingdom and for your glory. Pray this in Jesus name. Amen.