The Basic Gospel of the Apostles
This is the simple core of the Gospel proclaimed by the Apostles.
The Gospel begins and ends with Jesus.
Content – Pentecost – 50 days after the resurrection.
Acts 2:22,23 Jesus suffered and was crucified
v 24 But God raised him from the dead
2. The Evidence
Human witnesses: Acts 2:32 – They had been speaking to Jesus only 10 days before
1 Cor 15: (3-4), 5-8 – List of witnesses (number, close friends, enemies, family)
The empty tomb: Acts 2:29 – David’s tomb: a contrast with Jesus’ tomb
Other evidence: the authorities couldn’t find the body
Matt 28: 11-15 – Silly excuse if the tomb wasn’t empty!
& Trypho and Celsus later on.
3. Jesus is exalted to Heaven
Acts 2:36 – God has made him both Lord and Christ. Explain Lord and God 1 Peter 3:6
Explain Christ = Messiah = anointed.
Rom 1:1-4 – Jesus is declared to be Son of God by the resurrection. He said he was Son of God – God raised him.
Psalm 2:1-3 – The LORD = God. His anointed = Christ = Messiah.
v 6 – God speaks : His king has been set on Mt Zion = Jerusalem
vv 7,8 – The Son of God! To rule all the nations.
This requires that Jesus must come back. We don’t know – can’t know when.
4.The return of Jesus
Acts 2:34,35 – Note Until Jesus is only in Heaven for a period of time
The return of Jesus brings the Kingdom of God & the day of judgement.
5. The Kingdom of God
This is our hope for the future.
Jesus died and rose again
He is now in Heaven
He will return and rule a kingdom – at the day of judgement.