- Slides: 30
“Pentecost: The Holy Spirit Comes” The Resurrected Life Series Acts 2: 1 -21
The Lord commanded them not to engage in ministry until the promise was fulfilled.
The major teaching on the Holy Spirit (to this point in the NT) is found in John.
The coming of the Holy Spirit ushered in a new era – a new manifestation of God’s presence.
By the indwelling Holy Spirit we are promised eternal life in Christ.
• Jews celebrated Pentecost on the 50 th day of Passover – anniversary of the law at Sinai.
• Jews celebrated Pentecost on the 50 th day of Passover – anniversary of the law at Sinai. • Christians celebrate Pentecost as the birthday of the church.
1. God empowered His church for ministry.
Throughout the book of Acts, Luke points out the togetherness of the early Christians.
Baptism occurs once – filling occurs repeatedly as we yield ourselves to the working of God’s Spirit.
The Bible commonly associates fire and with God’s presence.
The Jews heard the disciples speaking in their own dialect/language.
At Corinth, people in the church began to debate spiritual gifts.
The most excellent way a Christian can demonstrate God’s power is by loving others as Jesus loves them.
Why would it be necessary to speak in different languages?
God was saying at Pentecost, “The scope of My salvation is universal. ”
At Pentecost, God empowered His church to do what He commissioned her to do – the Great Commission.
2. God works in ways not everyone accepts.
God has not called us to change the world – He sent His Son to do that!
3. God always keeps His promises.
What did Peter preach that changed so many lives? The Gospel
We can’t improve on the Gospel – it changes lives!
Joel was a prophet in Judah about the 5 th century B. C.
There is no blessing like the power of God’s Spirit working in and through us.
Peter’s point is that what happened at Pentecost is the beginning of the end.
Do we believe the Holy Spirit can move just as powerfully in our lives today as He did in the lives of first century believers?
We should show up each week anticipating a mighty move of God.
Never has God failed in keeping a promise.
God living and working in us not only empowers us, but it gives our life value, purpose and meaning.
“The Holy Spirit longs to reveal to you the deeper things of God. He longs to love through you. He longs to work through you. Through the blessed Holy Spirit may you have: strength for every duty, wisdom for every problem, comfort for every sorrow, joy in His overflowing service. ” T. J. Bach