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him and share in the new life of the Resurrection. We claim the Cross as a sign of victory.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER FOUR Acts 2: 36-42


The people react to Peter’s sermon


Footnotes: 2, 36: Early Christians believed that Jesus was not only the


Messiah on earth, but also the heavenly Lord.


2, 38: Repent and be baptized … repentance is a positive


concept, a change of mind and heart toward God reflected in the actual


goodness of one’s life. It is in accord with the apostolic teaching derived


from


Jesus and ultimately recorded in the four gospels. Luke presents baptism in Acts as the expected response to the apostolic


preaching about Jesus and associates it with the conferring of the Spirit.


which


2, 42: The breaking of the bread, apparently a common meal included the Lord’s supper.


Acts 2: 36-42


36 Therefore let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified. 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, “What are we to do, my brothers?” 38 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 made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call. 40 He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accept his message were baptized, and about three


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