ISSL Reflections September 26 2021 Acts 2:32-33, 37-47 Post 1

We started a few weeks ago a set of Scripture passages that leads us to consider “praise.”

Last week’s passage did not have the word “praise” in our reading but could help us consider what might lead us to praise and what might follow our praise.

The focus sentences in this week’s passage from Acts 2 come after Peter’s address to the crowd on the Day of Pentecost and asks us to consider the reaction of the crowd.

As you read this week’s Scripture, pay attention not just to Peter’s words but to what the people said and did.

Acts 2:32-33

This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear.

Acts 2:37-47

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

What was the crowd’s reaction?

What did they ask Peter?

What do you see them doing?


“… welcomed his message … baptized … devoted … to teaching … fellowship … breading bread … prayer … awe … were together … all things in common … glad and generous hearts … praising God … goodwill of all… ”

In this description of the people’s behavior what stands out to you the most?

What of this do you find in Christian congregations today?

What of this do you find lacking in Christian congregations today?

What strikes you as something you want to allow more room for in your life?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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