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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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What Day Is This?
Acts 2: Acts 2:1-12 & Acts 2:36-42

Intro

What is today?  It is Pentecost.  We celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus, even people who don’t believe in Christ celebrate the days off and even give and receive presents.  We celebrate His resurrection, & most of the world recognizes Easter as a very special day on the calendar – if nothing else we get jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. 
But today is Pentecost and hardly anyone realizes it. We are celebrating graduations and Memorial Day tomorrow.  Pentecost should be celebrated – it is the birthday of the Church and God has given us the wonderful opportunity of being a part of it.

Acts 2:1-12 (NIV)
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs--we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"
Acts 2:22-24 (NIV)
22 "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
Acts 2:36-41 (NIV)
36 "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." 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?" 38 Peter replied, "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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call." 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

 

  1. Then they waited and I am certain they were not expecting what they got. 

   

  1. The Work of the Holy Spirit became the dominant reality in the life of the early Church and it should continue to be the dominant reality of the Church today:
  1.  It is hard to explain what happened that day – this we do know the Holy Spirit moved in powerful way.  The disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit.   The symbolism of the fire and wind used here, representing the Spirit, is important:

 

  1. The Holy Spirit, with the gift of tongues, broke the communication barrier so that everyone could hear the gospel in his own language.
  1. The people were amazed, astonished and perplexed when they saw these phenomena; something extraordinary had happened.   Wouldn’t you be perplexed if I got up and spoke fluent Chinese – in fact I would be astonished, but that is exactly what happened; it was 2 miracles: one the speaking and 2 the hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:  Filler up Lord
Ephesians 5:15-20 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery (dishonesty or corruption). Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


 

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