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JSS3: CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES - 1ST TERM

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peter’s first speech on pentecost day

Peter’s First Speech and its Effects (Acts 2:14-41)

The disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues.

While many were surprised, others mocked that the disciples were drunk.

Peter addressed the crowd that it was too early to be drunk, at the third hour of the day, that is, 9.00 am.

That it was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy, that in the last days’ God would pour his spirit upon all flesh. Then their sons and daughters would prophecize, men would have visions and old men dreams.

And those who call upon the name of the Lord would be saved.

Peter said that Jesus was the one who had given them the Holy Spirit, the same Jesus who preached about the kingdom, who performed miracles yet, they crucified him.

That God rose him from the dead, He ascended into heaven and was at the right hand of God as Lord and Saviour. The crowd was cut to their heart, asking Peter, “Brethren what shall we do?

Peter asked them to repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus, for the forgiveness of their sins.

The crowd responded favorably such that three thousand people were baptized.

Effects of Peter’s Speech:

1. Rapid increase in the number of believers.

2. Willing repentance by the people.

3. The spread of the Gospel to many parts of the world.

Evaluation Questions:

1. What is the Great Commission?

2. Outline at least five reasons the Holy Spirit is essential to the success of the work of God among Christians today.

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