Preaching That Cuts to The Heart

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Here’s your 90 second AM devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 2:37

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

O-bservation:

On this, the inauguration of the Christian Church, the Apostle Peter delivered a message that elicited a two-fold response from the listeners. First, the people felt “cut to their hearts” by his words. That feeling then produced a verbal response that asked, “Brothers what shall we do?”

A-pplication:

Can you imagine a message on a “Church Day” where the crowd was so moved that they asked the preacher … “What Do You Want Us to Do?” When’s the last time that happened to you? When’s the last time you saw it happen? This is an amazing account of the first message preached following Pentecost. It “cut people to their hearts” emotionally. Now here’s the deal … You can say, “I don’t think you should toy with peoples emotions from the pulpit.” Or you can say, “People need to be encouraged by one’s preaching not ‘cut to the heart’ emotionally.” But that doesn’t change the fact that the message that Jesus, from heaven’s portals, had Peter preach to launch the church of Jesus Christ, at 9 AM on Pentecost Day, was so stirring and convicting and hot and historically correct and filled with passion that the people were “Cut To The Heart” emotionally. 3,000 people in one day changed their minds and were transformed by the message that moved them toward Jesus. Perhaps all of us could use more … “Preaching That Cuts To The Heart.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus,

I ask today that I would be so full of You that my life’s message would in turn have people ask … “Rich, what should I do?” Amen

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