Peter Speaks at Pentecost
Setting: Jerusalem on Pentecost
Audience: Jews from many nations
Preceding Events: The Holy Spirit arrives and empowers the disciples to speak in other languages. Unable to comprehend what is happening, some in the crowd conclude that the disciples are drunk. (This may be the original source for the phrase “drunk on the Holy Spirit.”)
Overall Theme: Jesus died but is alive again—and he is Lord
Central Teaching: Repent (change your ways) and be baptized
Subsequent Events: 3,000 respond
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