Acts 2:40-41 – With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ Those who accepted his message were baptised, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

 

As much as it offends our modern sensibilities, the heart of Christian faith is a summons. Yes, we can resist it, but in essence it is a call (v39). Indeed, when Peter urges the people to respond to his message, the emphasis is not ‘save yourselves from this corrupt generation’ but ‘let yourselves be saved’. In other words, the initiative is God’s. As Paul puts it in Romans 10:17: ‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ’.

 

Prayer: O Lord, empower your preachers to summon many more people to the light of your kingdom.