Church Planting 102

Acts 2:22-28, “22”Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25David said about him:
   ” ‘I saw the Lord always before me.
      Because he is at my right hand,
      I will not be shaken.
 26Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
      my body also will live in hope,
 27because you will not abandon me to the grave,
      nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
 28You have made known to me the paths of life;
      you will fill me with joy in your presence.'”

Back then, it was common knowledge Jesus was a prophet. Even Nicodemus, a leading member of the religious body, recognized that he was sent from God. Of course, as The Way gained in popularity a new teaching about Jesus arose, He was not only a prophet, but He was God in the flesh, He was crucified, and He rose from the dead. Eventually The Way became Christianity, but I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Acts 2:29-35, “29”Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. 32God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. 33Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
   ” ‘The Lord said to my Lord:
      “Sit at my right hand
 35until I make your enemies
      a footstool for your feet.”‘”

When teaching about Jesus, there wasn’t much of a New Testament to turn to, only their experiences and eyewitness accounts. Peter spent three years with Jesus, learning how he fullfilled over three hundred prophecies. As I recall, even Jesus pointed out this verse saying something to the effect of “If David’s descendant is lesser than Him, why does he call him Lord?”

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