The Resurrection of Jesus is the Focus of the Sermons Recorded in the Book of Acts

resurrection1The certainty and glory of the Resurrection, and the hope provided by it, is the central focus of all the sermons recorded in the book of Acts.

1. Peter’s second sermon (delivered on the Temple Mount):

“Men of Israel… you put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead…” (Acts 3:12,15)

2. The Apostles’ initial preaching in Jerusalem:
“…the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed because they [the apostles] were teaching people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.” (Acts 4:1-2)

3. Peter before the Sanhedrin Council (the spiritual leaders of the Jews):
“Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead…” (Acts 4:10) 

4. The Apostles preaching in Jerusalem as persecution of the Church increased:
“And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus…” (Acts 4:33)

5. Peter before the Sanhedrin again:
“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.” (Acts 5:30)

6. Stephen before the Sanhedrin:
“Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:56)

7. Peter preaching to Cornelius and his household at Caesarea Maritime:
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth… they put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross… God raised Him up on the third day… He arose from the dead.” (Acts 10:38,40-41)

8. Paul at Antioch in Psidia (on his first missionary journey):
“Men of Israel… God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus… God raised Him from the dead . . God fulfilled His promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus…” (Acts 13:16,23,30,33)

9. Paul in Athens (during his second missionary journey):
“He [Paul] was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.” (Acts 17:18)

10. Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill in Athens:
“God has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)

11. Paul’s defense before King Agrippa (at Caesarea Maritime):
“I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He should be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:22-23)
for His Glory…
Pastor Kevin