The True Gospel in Acts
Gospel Presentations by the Apostles
- Message one: Gospel Presentation number one in Acts chapter 2. Peter preaches the first sermon after Christ's death, burial, resurrection, and sending the Holy Spirit down to indwell the Church. What does he say? Many things, all-important in Acts 2:37-39: Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” So, what was the summary of the first message? One word, REPENT.
- Message two: Let's go to the second gospel presentation in Acts 319. Again it is Peter preaching after the wonderful healing of the man who had been unable to walk for over 40 years (Acts 4:22). What is the gospel message? Listen to Acts 3:19 and then v. 26: v. 19 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, v. 26 “To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.” So, what was the summary of the 2nd message? REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY.
- Message three: Now to the third gospel presentation in Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” So what is saved? Saved from sins. Thus we can say in summary after the 3rd Gospel message? REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and BE SAVED FROM SIN.
- Message four: The FOURTH Gospel Message comes in Acts 5:31-32 as Peter is again speaking, declaring the way of salvation: “Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.32 “And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
- Message five: The FIFTH Gospel Message is no longer directed just to Jews, now Samaritans, half Jew and half Gentile, are getting the message. Now we see for the first time a false believer. Jesus warned of this in the Gospels, now we see it. Note Acts 8:13: Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs, which were done. So he believed and was baptized, but something was missing. When the Apostle Peter who has given every recorded Gospel Message on this videotape so far shows up to confirm the veracity of this evangelistic outreach he declares something was lacking from this man's conversion. Listen and note the report in Acts 8:21-23: “You have neither part nor portion in this matter (what matter? Salvation), for your heart is not right in the sight of God. (Wow, what makes a heart right in God's sight Peter?) 22 “Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.23 “For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
- Message six: Look now at the SIXTH Gospel Message in Acts 8:35-37: Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
- Message seven: The SevenTH Gospel Message is in Acts 9:4-6 which records the Conversion of Saul of Tarsus into Paul the Apostle, where the Gospel Message is described as Turning to God in Acts 26:18-20.
- Message eight: The eighTH Gospel Message in Acts 10:35 to 11:18 where the Gospel Message is described as believing, receiving remission of sins, and God granting repentance.
- Message nine: The ninTH Gospel Message is in Acts 11:20-21 where the Gospel Message is described as believing and turning.
- Message ten: The tenTH Gospel Message is in Acts 10:38-39, 48 where the Gospel Message is described as forgiveness to all who believe, who do so at the appointment of God.
- Message eleven: The elevenTH Gospel Message is in Acts 14:27-15:9 where the Gospel Message is described as God opening the door of faith and purifying the heart.
- Message twelve: The twelvTH Gospel Message is in Acts 15:19 where the Gospel Message is described as turning to God and away from what offends God's Word and people.
- Message thirteen: The thirteenTH Gospel Message is in Acts 16:14 where the Gospel Message is described as the Lord opening the heart to heed His Word.
- Message fourteen: The fourteenTH Gospel Message is in Acts 16:31 where the Gospel Message is described as believing.
- Message fifteen: The fifteenTH Gospel Message is in Acts 17:1-7 where the Gospel Message is described by pagans who observed the process as getting a new King of your life.
- Message sixteen: The SixteenTH Gospel Message is in Acts 17:30 where the Gospel Message is described as God commanding all to repent.
- Message seventeen: The SeventeenTH Gospel Message is in Acts 18:8-13 where the Gospel Message is described as believing, when God draws one to worship Him.
- Message eighteen: The eighteenTH Gospel Message is in Acts 19:8-26 where the Gospel Message is described as a Kingdom, following a Way, which people follow instead of their own way. (Isaiah 53:6)
- Message nineteen: The ninteenTH Gospel Message is in Acts 20:21-25 where the Gospel Message is described as repentance, faith, to the Gospel of Grace (Titus 2:11), and into God's Kingdom (only need a King!).
- Message twenty: The twentieTH Gospel Message is in Acts 24:14-25 where the Gospel Message is described as a Way, of Worship, that involves righteousness, self-control, and averts judgment that makes the lost to fear. Thus not an easy to believe, try Jesus message!
- Message twenty-one: The twenty-first Gospel Message is in Acts 26:14-20 where we see the Gospel Message directly from Jesus, soul winning in Acts. Jesus describes salvation as opened eyes, turning, receiving, and being sanctified. Hoe did Paul sum up what he heard? He told the LOST to "repent, and turn to God, and do works befitting repentance"
- Message twenty-two: The twenty-second and final Gospel Message is in Acts 28:31 where the Gospel Message is described as coming into God's Kingdom (only need a King!).
The starting message is repent and the concluding message is God's Kingdom, both rarely if ever used in our new way of doing God's business. Should we go back and check out the way we are doing God's Work, to be sure it is God's Way?
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