Critique of Peter’s Sermon in Acts 2

Some consider Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost to be among greatest sermons ever (not preached by Jesus).  But let’s take a closer look.

The intro is a little weak.  The joke about “they aren’t drunk” is not that funny.  Peter really doesn’t have a good illustration, joke, attention grabber at the beginning.

His points?  Well, I don’t think we can say there are three of them.  Maybe his main point is “Jesus is Lord and Christ” and the sub-point is that God chose Him and His Resurrection.  By counting the main plus the subs, we get three but it’s not really a three point sermon. They are not parallel or successive.  Worst of ALL, no alliteration!!

There is no humor.

There are only two Scriptures used. I don’t know if we can call that a “Gospel” sermon with only two Bible references.

His closing is a bit abrupt.  There really isn’t the proper development and buildup for his conclusion.

The worst and most glaring error is that he doesn’t even give the “Plan of Salvation!” WHAT?  He only mentions 2 of the 5 steps ordained by God.  How can all those baptisms count when those people didn’t hear the full Plan?!?!

He also neglects to point out any of the distinctives of the One True Church (OTC).

I think Peter needs to do some reading on homiletics, read the Spiritual Sword, and then come back and try again.

I give him a C- for his sermon on the day of Pentecost.

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