Step Three to sharing your faith
"Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” - Acts 2:36
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt the Holy Spirit prompting you to share your faith, but you weren’t exactly sure what to say? Sometimes we feel like we may not know enough. Other times we make it too complicated. “Do you have a few hours? Let me start with Moses and the Exodus...” or, “Well what do you believe about the rapture of the Church, are you pre-trib or post-trib?”
We’ve been looking at sharing your faith out of Acts 2. What I want to focus on today is this: Communicate the Essentials.
Let’s look at what Peter did. In Acts 2, Peter stands up and delivers a sermon to a unique gathering of people. You can read Acts 2:22-36 on your own, but let me break down the essentials we see Peter communicating about Jesus here.
Essential #1: Jesus is not simply a man (Acts 2:22). Look at what He did in His life. Miracles, signs of God, raising people from the dead. He’s more than a man. He’s God in the flesh.
Essential #2: We put Jesus on the cross (Acts 2:23). Both in a literal sense, and in a spiritual sense from our sin. Peter looks at the crowd and says “this Jesus[…] you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” (Acts 2:23, emphasis added). But why did Jesus need to die? Because we needed a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 10:14). And Jesus’ death satisfied the wrath of God.
Essential #3: God raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:32). He’s not dead and in the grave. He’s alive and exalted and sitting at the right hand of God. So essential. And Peter says to that group “and of that we all are witnesses.”
Essential #4: Jesus is Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). He’s the Messiah. He’s the master and over all things. And, He did the unexpected. He didn’t set up a physical kingdom, He set up His Kingdom in individual hearts.
So, what essentials do you need to communicate? What would you say about who Jesus is and what He's done? God has given you a sphere of influence. We've got to recognize today that there is a supernatural presence helping us. We’ve got to confront the confusion the best way we know how, and we’ve got to communicate the essentials.