The way people responded to the first sermon two thousand years ago shouldn’t surprise us. On the birthday of the church when the Holy Spirit arrived in dramatic fashion, the people heard the Word of God and were “cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37).

 

The phrase “cut to the heart” means “to wound deeply the feelings of” and “to distress greatly.” Yes, the Word of God is “sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). The Holy Spirit uses truth to cut the heart, bring about the conviction of sin, and lead us to repentance. 

 

That’s exactly what happened on the day of Pentecost when Peter preached the first sermon of the church. People heard about Jesus and asked, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

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