Bible: Acts 2:22-42; 3:14-15; 4:2; 17:18
2:22 “Men of Israel, 1 listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, 2 wonders, and miraculous signs 3 that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know – 2:23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed 4 by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. 5 2:24 But God raised him up, 6 having released 7 him from the pains 8 of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power. 9 2:25 For David says about him,
‘I saw the Lord always in front of me, 10
for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken.
2:26 Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced;
my body 11 also will live in hope,
2:27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades, 12
nor permit your Holy One to experience 13 decay.
2:28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of joy with your presence.’ 14
2:29 “Brothers, 15 I can speak confidently 16 to you about our forefather 17 David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 2:30 So then, because 18 he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants 19 on his throne, 20 2:31 David by foreseeing this 21 spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, 22 that he was neither abandoned to Hades, 23 nor did his body 24 experience 25 decay. 26 2:32 This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it. 27 2:33 So then, exalted 28 to the right hand 29 of God, and having received 30 the promise of the Holy Spirit 31 from the Father, he has poured out 32 what you both see and hear. 2:34 For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says,
‘The Lord said to my lord,
“Sit 33 at my right hand
The Response to Peter’s Address
2:37 Now when they heard this, 40 they were acutely distressed 41 and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers?” 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized 42 in the name of Jesus Christ 43 for 44 the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 45 2:39 For the promise 46 is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 2:40 With many other words he testified 47 and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse 48 generation!” 2:41 So those who accepted 49 his message 50 were baptized, and that day about three thousand people 51 were added. 52
The Fellowship of the Early Believers
“Because you have done this,
cursed 2 are you above all the wild beasts
and all the living creatures of the field!
On your belly you will crawl 3
and dust you will eat 4 all the days of your life.
3:15 And I will put hostility 5 between you and the woman
and between your offspring and her offspring; 6
her offspring will attack 7 your head,