Day 3—Read: Acts 2:41
41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Reflect: What was the result of Peter’s proclamation of the gospel?
Consider: Luke hastens to tell us we do not have the entire sermon recorded in his book. Peter spoke many other words and pleaded with his hearers who responded. That day God added three thousand people to the small number of believers already serving as Christ’s witnesses. But wait. Don’t miss the importance of what Luke does not say. This time there was no sound, no flame, and no foreign language. These people received the Holy Spirit because that’s what Peter promised in Jesus’ name. Pentecost was a one-time event, with only a mild echo or two appearing elsewhere during the first century.3
Respond: How committed are you to the spread of the gospel? What specific things in your life would back up your answer? What do you do to intentionally engage with people who need to hear the gospel?
3 Kenneth O. Gangel, Acts, vol. 5, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998), 30.