Every church-going person knows that there are three rules every preacher much follow in delivering his sermon. First, it must start out with a funny anecdote or dramatic story to grab the church’s attention. Second, it must be between 15 and 30 minutes in length. Third, it must have three points. See what I did there? For bonus, it helps if all three points start with the same letter.
In reality, I have no idea how we came to this. Maybe sermons used to be one hour long and contained 5 points, and it has evolved to what we see each Sunday.
Acts 2 tells the story of the first assembly of Christ followers after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. It happens to be the Day of Pentecost, which is basically a day for Jews to celebrate the harvest. Because of this celebration, Jews from all over the world went to Jerusalem, so the majority of Peter’s audience for his first sermon are Jews.
The message is simple – the Gospel story of Jesus as God’s son, sent to earth, crucified, and raised back to life (Acts 2:22-37), but the summary of the message is found in verse 37:
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Please come forward as together we stand and sing. (Kidding – this last part is also a sermon-must in the modern church, though)
Because of this simple message of the Gospel, about 3,000 believed. Simple. Easy. The Gospel.
There is nothing wrong with studying other sections of the Bible besides Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts. In fact, studying the Bible is highly encouraged. The problem is that we focus so much on getting Church right, reaching out to a certain group of individuals, looking cool, or constructing bigger buildings that we forget the true message of salvation.
The Gospel of Christ.
What message do you hear from the Church today? Chime in.