Bethany Independent Presbyterian Church


“Three thousand souls were added” Acts 2:41

“Three thousand souls were added” Acts 2:41



23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom,

and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted

with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.

25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. Matthew 4:23-25

1. Geographically

a) Largely in Galilee

b) He also ministered in Judea

c) His fame reached Syria as well

2. Multitudes

a) Thousands flocked to hear Him

b) They brought the sick to Him for healing

c) Those who were possessed were also brought to Him

3. Disciples

The Lord Jesus also taught a special set of people called Apostles



1. The Feeding of the 5000

13 When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself.

But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities.

14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude;

and He was moved with compassion for them,

and healed their sick. Matthew 14:13-14

2. The Feeding of the 4000

Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude,

because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat.

And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Matthew 15: 32



1. Entrusted with a great commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.

17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo,

I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:16-20

1. Location

a) Galilee

2. Disciples

a) Worship was given

b) Some felt doubtful

3. A Great Commission

a) To go forth and make disciples

b) All nations to be reached

c) To baptize and teach them His commandments

4. The Promise of the Lord

a) His authority

b) His presence



But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;

and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8

1. Power was promised

2. Holy Spirit power

3. Witnesses for the Lord Jesus

“In Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”



5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.

6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?

8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?

9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” Acts 2:5-11

1. A Multitude in Jerusalem

2. Feast of Pentecost

3. Nations represented:

a) Parthians

b) Medes and Elamites

c) Mesopotamia

d) Judea

e) Cappadocia

f) Pontus and Asia

g) Phrygia and Pamphylia

h) Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene

i) Visitors from Rome

j) Cretans and Arabs



37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,

and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of

Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this [perverse generation.”

41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,

45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided[p] them among all, as anyone had need.

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house,

they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,

47 praising God and having favour with all the people.

And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:37-47

1. The Preaching of the Word of God by the Apostle Peter

2. 3000 people were baptised and added to the Church Acts 2:41

3. They continued to be faithful followers

4. The Lord added to the Church those who were being saved Acts 2:47



1. Commencement of the Gospel Ministry

The Lord Jesus Christ

2. Commission of the Lord

The Disciples

3. Continuing the work of the Kingdom

The Church today