Devotional/Reflection: We all have events in our lives that have marked us. They change us. We look back and realize that we are no longer the same person. Maybe it was the birth of a child or being the first in your family to attend or graduate from college. Maybe negatively it was your parents’ divorce or the unexpected death of a friend. In Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost, God did a work that marked all who were present. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in such a dramatic way marked those present and led to the salvation of over three thousand souls. Many of those present that day were cut to the heart–they were convicted to the core of their being. All their lives up to this point had been a lie. Yet despite finally realizing this truth, they didn’t know what to do, so they asked. Peter responded, “Repent and be baptized.” Repentance, the turning away from sin and turning towards God, is not a simple “I’m sorry now get off my case” kind of apology. It is a radical reorientation of the direction of our lives. This radical change is “marked” as believers by our baptism. We are immersed in the waters just as Jesus was as a public declaration that we are God’s children, that we are renewed by God’s Spirit, and that we are identified no longer by our sin but by our relationship with the Triune God. This is the good news of the gospel, but we must respond.
1. What event in your life has marked you?
2. Based on Acts 2, how would you proclaim the gospel?
3. How is God calling you right now to respond to the gospel proclamation?
4. What is hindering you from responding in the manner in which God has called you to respond?
Scripture Memory: “And Peter said to them, ‘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.”–Acts 2:38