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biblestudy: Acts (Part 2)

The Miracle of Pentecost: Peter's Sermon
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 02-Aug-88; Sermon #BS-AC02; 85 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh maintains that our historical and theological roots are advanced in a polished, literary, chronological narrative, perhaps designed as a trial document authored by Luke. It defends the apostle Paul and the early church, with a larger purpose of 1) augmenting or increasing the faith of the saints, setting a pattern for all future generations of the church, demonstrating its continuity with the acts of God in the Old Testament; 2) proclaiming the church's mission and message; 3) showing progress despite seemingly overwhelming opposition; 4) tracing the expansion of the gospel to the Gentiles; and 5) revealing the life and organization of the church, emphasizing the role of the Holy Spirit in the church's formation, growth, and empowerment. Peter's sermon 1) explains the scriptural and prophetic significance of the Pentecost miracle, 2) proclaims the identity, death, and resurrection of Jesus, 3) and calls for repentance, a major condition for receiving God's Spirit.

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Aramaic language Baptism of the Holy Spirit Calling on the name of the Lord David Expectations Faith and waiting Filled and refilled with Holy Spirit Free moral agency Greek language History Levites Luke Lystra Nathan One accord Pentecost Peter's sermon Pharaoh Pouring out of Holy Spirit Preface Signs and wonders Tank analogy Tension between God's Will and free moral agency Trial document

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