What is the core of the Gospel message preached by Peter?
Acts 2:37-38 NIV - Peter replied, “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. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
The church was built on life change (repentance)... not just intellectual assent.
Acts 4:12-13 NIV
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Notice the constant referral to the name of Jesus in the Gospel proclamation.
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Peter the coward became Peter the rock.
The Trial and Stoning of Stephen
Acts 7:51 NIV
“You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
Acts 8:1 NIV - "And Saul was there, giving approval to his death."
The great persecution begins...
Acts 8:1-8 NIV
"On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went."
Acts 13:1-3 NIV - "In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off."
Paul's 1st Missionary Journey
Acts 14:26-27 NIV - "From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. And they stayed there a long time with the disciples."