The Message of Christ

In Your Bible: Acts 13: 16-41

When the religious leaders at Antioch of Pisidia invited Paul to bring a word of encouragement, his message touched hearts open to receive Jesus. However, some had difficulty grasping the revelation that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. In challenging scenarios, Peter and Paul preached the message of Jesus with boldness.

Preaching by Paul

Even though Paul gives us valuable advice in his epistles. But one Bible commentator* says Paul’s extremely important message in Acts 13 may be his only full-length sermon on record! That’s amazing. Read on.

Key Messages – Peter and Paul in Acts

See the similarities Peter’s sermon in Jerusalem with the amazing fall of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:14-40) and Paul’s sermon many years later at the Synagogue in Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 13:16-41).

  • The coming of Jesus is the consummation of history
  • Man did not recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah
  • The resurrection is proof of God’s undefeatable purpose and power
  • The resurrection fulfills prophecy
  • Christ restores freedom and fellowship between God and man
  • God’s gift of love [Jesus] for those who accept it, is a curse of condemnation for those who refuse him

In challenging scenarios, Peter and Paul preached the message of Jesus with boldness.

Prayer: Father help me speak your Word with boldness even in difficult scenarios – including times where rejection is likely.

Questions: When you see these comparisons, how does it encourage you in your acceptance of Jesus as the Messiah? How can you use this summary to build your testimony when you tell your message of faith in Jesus Christ?

* Acts of the Apostles, The Daily Study Bible Series, William Barclay, St. Andrews Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1955, page 111.

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