The Radical Inclusivity and Exclusivity of Christianity – Acts 2:1-21

From my reading in Acts 2:1-21 in the One Year New Testament.

The disciples had just received the Holy Spirit and were bursting of joy!  

They were speaking in the languages of the people around them who had come from many different countries for the festival of Pentecost.

The foreigners were amazed and wondered what had made these people act so boldly.  Others mockingly asked if they were drunk.

Peter answered them by quoting from the prophet Joel…

“In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servantsmen and women alike— and they will prophesy.” Acts 2:17–18

In other words SALVATION IS OPEN ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE!

All types of people will be saved and receive the Spirit! Sons, daughters, young, old, servants, men, women and the crowd he was speaking to were people from different nationalities and countries.

Everyone who is willing to turn from their sin and trust Christ is welcomed into God’s family.

Christianity is extremely exclusive in the fact that we believe that Jesus’ death on the cross is the only way we can be forgiven and receive eternal life.

Christianity is extremely inclusive in that anyone who chooses to follow him can be forgiven and invited into the family.

Peter ends by saying this…

“But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”Acts 2:21

Jesus is the savior of the whole world. To call on the name of the Lord is to make Jesus the Lord of your life. It is a choice to stop running your own life, receive Christ’s forgiveness, and choose to follow him!

So if you are part of EVERYONE, then you are invited to follow Jesus! 

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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