From the series:  On Mission and Empowered

It’s never too late for God to use you

Sunday, May 14, 2023 by Andrew Ruiz – Acts 2:22-41

About the Series

When Jesus resurrected he instructed his followers two things: You have a mission and you have the power to complete it. 2000 years later that mission is still alive and his Holy Spirit enables us to be the hands and feet of Jesus

Lesson Plan

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Main Idea

Despite Peter’s many flaws, God used him in a mighty way. This is a reminder to us that God is not looking for perfect people to use. He is looking for people who are willing to follow him and who are willing to be used by him.

Acts 2:22-41

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus,[c] delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him,

“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
    for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
    my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
    or let your Holy One see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
35     until I make your enemies your footstool.”’

36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

Matthew 16:18

18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock[b] I will build my church, and the gates of hell[c] shall not prevail against it.

Discussion Questions

  • Who is someone you saw or knew that you saw their life implode? (politician, religious leader, pastor?) what was dissapointing, what upset you? or If you had to give a twenty-minute speech in front of a large crowd, what topic would you speak on (no religious topic)
  • Pastor used a quote by Tony Evans: “Even before you messed up and even before you blew it God was promising you that it’s not too late” what comes to mind when you think about this? what do you like? what bothers you about it? what don’t you believe about it?
  • Read: Acts 2:22-41 What stands out from Peters message?
  • What did Peter tell his audience to do? (2:38-40)
  • While water baptism is not a requirement or prerequisite for being a Christian, discuss the importance of believers’ baptism.
  • In the Battle of Dunkirk, the “Rescue” came from high command, but it also came in the form of “little boats” that helped save 338,000 people. How does this relate to you sharing your faith?
  • In Acts 2 we see over 3000 saved in one day and in Acts 3 there is celebration over just one man healed. What does this tell you about God’s character?
  • What temps you to stay silent instead of sharing your faith? What can counter that temptation/fear?

Verse to Memorize:

18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell[c] shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 16:18

Idea Principal

A pesar de las muchas fallas de Pedro, Dios lo usó de una manera poderosa. Esto nos recuerda que Dios no busca personas perfectas para usar. Él busca personas dispuestas a seguirlo y dispuestas a ser utilizadas por él.

Versículo para memorizar:

Y yo también te digo, que tú eres Pedro,[a] y sobre esta roca[b] edificaré mi iglesia; y las puertas del Hades no prevalecerán contra ella.

Mateo 16:18

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