Beloved, there once was a gate in the Temple area in Jerusalem called “Beautiful.” The Jewish historian Josephus described this gate as made of fine Corinthian brass at the temple, seventy-five feet high with huge double doors, so beautiful that it “greatly excelled those that were only covered over with silver and gold.”
It was at this gate that Peter and John were able to restore a life through the power of Jesus Christ. It was a beautiful act accomplished at a gate called beautiful.
But there is another gate found in scripture that is even more beautiful than the gate called “beautiful.” It is found in the Gospel of John 10:9-10 and described as such- “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Everyone who is in Christ has entered God’s Kingdom through this gate; there is no other entrance. If you have not done so, won’t you consider entering through this gate? You will never be the same!
Beloved, there was an explosion of growth in the early church as three thousand souls were added to the Kingdom of God. It is exciting to see new believers. They had enthusiasm and hope. But it is also exciting to see spiritual growth. So how did these newbies grow? They were devoted.
Acts 2:42 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” It was their devotion to doctrine, fellowship, communion, and prayer that allowed these new believers to grow.
That same truth is for us also. Are we devoted to, “the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers?” If not, we need to get with it. A Christian should continually be growing and that comes through devotion!
Beloved, the same Peter who had denied he knew Jesus Christ a few days earlier is now preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why the sudden change? Jesus had restored Peter and the Holy Spirit had filled him with boldness.
Peter’s preaching of the Gospel provides us with some well- needed guidelines on how we are to preach the Gospel. First of all, Peter’s sermon contains two main points, (1) The proclamation of the Gospel (life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ and (2) The exhortation to repent.
Peter also emphasizes four other facets of Christianity, (1) The Last Days, (2) the story of the life of Christ (3) the fact that the Scriptures prove that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and (4) the veracity that we must repent of our sins to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Thus, Peter’s sermon gives us an outline on how we are to witness to a lost and dying world in need of a Savior. We must learn to keep the main thing the main thing and Jesus Christ is always the main thing! In fact, later on in his ministry, Peter goes on to say as recorded in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Beloved, this week we are blessed to have with us another of our missionaries, Pastor Oscar Gallegos from Calvary Chapel Irapuato, MX. Pastor Oscar and his wife Liz have served in Mexico for a few years and the Lord continues to bless their ministry. Please give them a warm welcome and an open ear for the Word! Let us continue to pray that their time here in the States will be a time of refreshment in both body and spirit!
Please remember to pray for Wendy Kvachenko who is here in the States until things open up for her return to Abkhazia. Please note our upcoming outreach planned for April 3, 2022. Please keep it in prayer. Let us also remember to pray for the Ukraine. Look up Beloved! Our redemption draws near!