Books of Bible
Three Thousand Converted
By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
A. The Old Testament is, of course, the background for the New
Testament. Some of the things that happened before the coming
of Jesus instruct us (1 Cor. 10:1-11). Lessons to be learned
from Old Testament history include the sinfulness of sin; the
penalty of sin; God's hatred of sin; God's righteousness in
punishing every transgression and disobedience; prophecies
concerning the Christ; the prospect of salvation from sin for
B. The life, death, burial, resurrection of Jesus.
1. Jesus' great commission: "Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believeth
and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth
shall be condemned" (Mark 16:15-16).
2. This message of salvation is the theme of the Bible.
3. The book of Acts gives us information about how apostles and
other first century saints faithfully obeyed the commission
of their Lord.
II. Events of the First Pentecost After Jesus' Resurrection.
A. The beginning of the kingdom of God on earth.
1. Jesus promised to build a church or kingdom (Matt. 16:18-
2. The kingdom (church) came with power (Mark 9:1).
3. The power came when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles
4. The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles on the first
Pentecost day after the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 2:1-4).
Therefore, the church (kingdom) came at the same time.
B. The multitude assembled and was taught. Peter preached a
powerful sermon (Acts 2:5-47).
1. Peter did not preach personal opinion and experiences.
2. Peter did preach the grace of God, but never mentioned the
3. Peter affirmed and proved that Jesus is Lord and Christ.
4. Peter gave as proof of his proposition the signs and
miracles Jesus did before all the people, the testimony of
the apostles confirmed by supernatural signs, and fulfilled
5. Jesus fulfilled every prophecy concerning Messiah given in
the Old Testament. This is convincing proof of Jesus'
(a) Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Jesus include:
descendant from Abraham (Gen. 12:3); of the house of
David (Isa. 11:1,2,10); ministry concentrated in
Galilee (Isa. 9:1); performed miracles (Isa. 35:5-6);
triumphant entry to Jerusalem (Zech. 9:9); rejected by
his own people (Isa. 53:1-3); betrayed for 30 pieces
of silver (Zech. 11:12); behavior during trial (Isa.
53:7-8); crucifixion (Psa. 22:16); scourged (Isa.
50:6); gambled for his clothes (Psa. 22:18); numbered
with transgressors in his death (Isa. 53:12); not a
bone of his body broken (Psa. 34:20); buried with
wicked and rich (Isa. 53:9); born in Bethlehem (Micah
5:2); called out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1); murder of
infants (Jer. 31:15); kingdom established during the
days of the Roman empire (Dan. 2:44).
(b) Mathematical improbability of fulfillment: Suppose 10
prophets gave 5 independent criteria about Messiah.
Suppose all events were left to chance. Suppose there
was an equal chance of fulfillment or of failure of
these specified particulars. The improbability of
fulfillment in the life of one man is the 50th power
of 2 to unity. The improbability of Jesus fulfilling
all such prophecies is 1,125,899,000,000,000 to 1.
6. Peter did not ask the people to believe without proof.
He proved that Jesus is both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).
(a) Many of the people were convinced and asked what they
should do (Acts 2:37).
(b) Peter told these believers, "Repent ye, and be
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).
A. If we do not accept the offer of mercy, we reject the cross
and are guilty of the blood of Jesus.
B. We are lost because of sin. Obedience to the gospel plan of
salvation (hear, faith, confession, repentance, and baptism)
brings forgiveness by the grace, love, and mercy of God.
1. Let us not be guilty of crucifying the Son of God afresh
by refusing his offer of pardon (Heb. 6:6).
2. Obedience brings blessings, membership in an eternal
kingdom, and promise of endless glory.