Characteristics of Preaching from Peter – Part 3

Continuing from Part 2.

VI. Preaching is Christocentric (Christ-Centered)

Note carefully Peter’s Christocentric or Christ-centered emphasis in his sermon (vv. 22-36).

When preaching about Christ, do you notice Peter’s repeated emphasis on the death and crucifixion of Jesus Christ (vv. 23, 24, 36)? And did you also notice Peter’s repeated emphasis on the resurrection of Jesus Christ (vv. 24, 31, 32, 33)? John Stott writes, “It is impossible to preach the gospel without proclaiming Christ.”[1]

VII. Preaching is Doctrinal/Theological

As we look at the present church condition around the world many pastors and church leaders would agree that one of the weaknesses in today’s churches is preaching, but not just any preaching, but doctrinal preaching. It is preaching which points out specific doctrinal truths from God to man. Paul writing to Timothy said:

  • NAU Titus 2:1 But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.

Let me point out some of the theological views or doctrines from Peter’s preaching:

  • Obvious one is Christology, which dominates throughout this sermon.
  • Another aspect of doctrine that Peter emphasizes is on the decrees of God. The decrees of God are his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his own will, where for his own glory, he has foreordained whatever comes to pass. And this is evident in verse 23.
  • Another doctrine that we can point out from Peter’s sermon is on what happens when a person dies. Because Jesus lives, we have hope to live with him eternally (v. 26b-28).

VIII. Preaching is Confrontational

It targets specifically to the intended audience. For Peter, his audience was the people of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem (v. 14).

What I mean by confrontational, note the way Peter addresses his audience. He uses the second personal plural – i.e., you all (vv. 14, 22, 36). Some people refuse to say “you” in fear of offending others or “don’t want to sound preachy” or just want to “share,” which are examples of what preaching is not.

Preaching is the bold act of courageous proclamation of God’s truth. As a result, some will undoubtedly be offended. But preachers cannot shy away from “sounding preachy.” That is exactly what preachers to do – to preach, not “share”!

[1] John R.S. Stott, The Message of Acts: The Spirit, the Church & the World (Leicester, England: Inter Varsity Press, 1990), 80.


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