August 05, 2014

Hearing About Jesus

Acts 2:36-41

The people … were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
—Acts 2:37


A ministry I work with advises us to receive God’s Word in five ways: by hearing, reading, studying, meditating, and memorizing.

On the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead, God poured out his Holy Spirit with powerful signs. A huge crowd assembled in the temple courts to see what was happening. Filled with the Spirit, Peter showed great boldness. He proclaimed the truth about Jesus to the listening ears of the people there. He told them Jesus’ death was according to God’s plan, but that they were responsible for killing God’s Son. He assured the people that Jesus was alive again and was their Messiah and Lord.

Hearing Peter’s powerful message that day, about three thousand people changed from deniers to believers, and they were baptized as a sign that their sins were forgiven.

What began two thousand years ago is still going on today with similar results. Day and night across the world God’s good news is being proclaimed in person, by radio, TV, Internet, print media, and recordings. People are hearing and committing their lives to Christ by the thousands.

Where and when do you hear God’s Word? Sunday in church is one of the best places to do that. Is the Word changing your life?

“May your unfailing love come to me, LORD, your salvation, according to your promise; then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word” (Psalm 119:41-42). Amen.

About the author — David Zandstra

David Zandstra is a retired pastor living in Marietta, Georgia, having served five churches from New Jersey to California. Along with other ministries, he counsels clients of a pregnancy resource center. He acknowledges his indebtedness to the training and resources of Peacemaker Ministries. David and his wife, Margie, have three children and six grandchildren.

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