Acts 2:37 – “What shall we do?”

Context: The Holy Spirit has come, and Peter has preached to the Jews in Jerusalem. “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” – (v36)

Acts 2:37 – “ When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

Peter’s Answer: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” – (v38-39)


  • Hearing prompted a “cut to the heart”
  • What shall we do?
    • Repent
    • Be baptized
      • And you will receive the Holy Spirit

Application: I must preach the gospel like Peter.  I need to pray that the Holy Spirit would pierce hearts and lead others to ask: “What shall we do?”

Prayer: Lord, through the power of the Holy Spirit, pierce the hearts of those around me with the gospel.  Make their hearts ready to respond with: “What shall we do?”  Give me the words to show them a response based on faith and not works.


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