13-6 Speeches of Peter in Acts


Seven major speeches of the apostle Peter are recorded in a total of 97 verses in the book of Acts (compare chart 15-6). Peter spoke to a wide variety of audiences, from believing Christians on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 to the leading apostles and elders of the church at the Jerusalem conference in Acts 15, and from the leading priests and elders of the Jews in Acts 4 and 5 to the general Jewish populace in Acts 3 and 11. His life-changing words to Cornelius are found in Acts 10. Peter’s main themes were accepting Christ, obeying God, and the universal cleansing power of God’s salvation.


Pheme Perkins, Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1993).
John Meyendorff, The Primacy of Peter: Historical and Ecclesialogical Studies (Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 1992).