THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
PETER’S OTHER SERMON
Today’s reading: Acts 5:27-33
Last April 6-7, we saw how our 5-session LCS is in accordance
with Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost. Last April
9, we saw that our 5-session LCS is in accordance with Jesus’
Great Commission. Today, Peter speaks to the Sanhedrin. It
is still the same basic gospel message, the very core of the
Session #1: Jesus the Messiah
God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had
him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him
at his right hand as leader and savior” (v.30-31a)
Session #2: Called to Witness
are witnesses of these things” (v.32a)
Session #3: Repentance and Faith
grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.”
Session #4: The Gift of the Holy Spirit
is the Holy Spirit that God has given to those who
obey him.” (v.32b)
the day of Pentecost, Peter preached to religious pilgrims
who had come to Jerusalem for the feast. Today Peter preaches
to antagonistic religious leaders. Then, Peter had the whole
day. Now, Peter only had a few minutes. In both instances,
the kerygma remains the same.
Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, 3,000 came to faith.
Today when Peter preached to the Sanhedrin, “when they
heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them
to death.” (v.33). We will face the same reactions.
Some will be touched and accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Others will react negatively when confronted with their sin.
governments and liberal religious leaders will go further.
Liberal clerics, nuns and prelates will tell us to be nice
and accommodating to dissident Catholics, to not give offense,
to be welcoming to all. If we do not follow them, we will
be labeled bigots and homophobes. Secularist governments will
impose its reproductive health and gender ideology agenda.
If we do not follow them, we will be oppressed, sued in court,
them we should say, “We must obey God rather than men.”