Category Archives: Real Restoration

Real Restoration: Acts: “Repent” in Acts 2:38, Part 3 (Spirit, Wrapping Up)

The Spirit The other element missing from Brandon’s outline is the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is very nearly as much a theme of Peter’s sermon as Jesus. Peter begins his sermon by declaring that the Spirit is being outpoured as … Continue reading

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Real Restoration: Acts: “Repent” in Acts 2:38, Part 2

“Repent” In the Septuagint (or LXX, the Greek translation of the Old Testament), the word translated “repent” is almost always used to refer to God. Thus, the ESV translates “relent.” It often refers to God’s decision not to punish as … Continue reading

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Real Restoration: Acts: “Repent” in Acts 2:38, Part 1

The June 2011 issue of the Gospel Advocate has an article considering J. W. McGarvey’s analysis of Peter’s sermon at Pentecost, by Brandon Renfroe. Well, I just posted an analysis of the same sermon, and I thought it might be useful to … Continue reading

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Real Restoration: Acts: Paul on Mars Hills

Paul speech on Mars Hill (the Areopagus) in Athens, Greece is famous. We have to wonder why this speech is so well known but the preceding speeches and sermons, even Peter’s lesson at Pentecost, are not nearly as admired or … Continue reading

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Real Restoration: Acts: Paul’s Sermon at Antioch in Pisidia

In Acts 13, we read Paul’s first recorded sermon, delivered early during his first missionary journey – (Act 13:16-41 ESV) 6 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: “Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen.” … Continue reading

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Real Restoration: Acts: Peter Preaches in Cornelius’s Home

God compelled Peter to go to the house Cornelius and preach the gospel — to not just a Gentile, but a commander in an occupying army! (Act 10:34-43 ESV) 34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand … Continue reading

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Real Restoration: Acts: Stephen’s Speech

Stephen was, of course, the first Christian martyr recorded in Acts. He preached the gospel and was arrested for blasphemy. Now, nearly all of Acts 7 is taken up with Stephen’s recitation of the history of the Jews. It’s a … Continue reading

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Real Restoration: Acts: Peter Addresses the Temple Crowd

Peter and John healed a beggar outside the Temple gate. A crowd gathered in amazement, and Peter delivered a sermon on the spot – The guilt of the crowd (Act 3:12-26 ESV) 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed … Continue reading

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Real Restoration: Acts: Peter’s Sermon

So I’d finished up the series on Luke, and it seemed obvious that I should cover Acts next. It’s essentially Luke’s sequel to the Gospel of Luke. But, I thought, we’ve covered Acts so very many times. What would be … Continue reading

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Real Restoration: Luke: “Follow Me”

All four Gospels include the theme “follow me.” I’ve never seen an article reflecting on that fact. But the concordances make it clear: “follow” appears 79 times in 75 verses. 17 of those are in Luke. (We’ll not cover them … Continue reading

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