We try to include sermon notes with the bulletin. Here are the notes for this week. The blanks from the bulletin and filled out in red.
The Rev. Joseph Phipps
PETER’S FIRST SERMON
Sunday April 23rd, 2017
This morning’s passage from Acts gives us a record of Peter’s first sermon.
PETER seems totally unqualified to preach:
He had a “ready, aim, fire” approach to _Shooting_ off his mouth.
When Jesus needed his prayerful support at Gethsemane, he _Fell Asleep_.
Having boldly proclaimed that he would follow Jesus even unto death, he _Denied_ Him – not once but three times.
When he found that Jesus truly was alive, his first response was to go back to his _Old Job_.
But God doesn’t _Call_ the _Qualified_, He _Qualifies_ the _Called_.
Without the events of _Pentecost_, Peter might never have told his story.
Without the _Holy Spirit_, a preacher is just giving a speech.
The _Introduction_ wasn’t great – “I’m not drunk! Really!”
Then he makes a move that cannot fail, he turns to _Scripture_.
The body of his sermon is, at its heart, about _Jesus_.
Jesus’ resurrection meant the power of sin and death had been _Broken_.
Then Peter used supporting _Scriptural_ evidence.
Peter’s conclusion: “God has _Raised_ this Jesus to life, and we are all _Witnesses_ of it.”
Though short, Peter’s sermon boils down the essential content of the _Gospel_.
All that we, as the Church, are to consider is contingent upon Jesus Christ being _Raised_ from the _Dead_.