"The Holy Spirit and the Pentecost" - Living in a Post-Christian Society - October 26, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
 
 


 

THE REALITY OF THE SPIRITUAL

 

Living in a Post-Christian Society

October 26, 2014

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PENTECOST

 

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4 

 

1. Pentecost was an annual festival celebrated by the Hebrews.

“Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.” Exodus 23:16 

 

2. The festivals were clues of what was to come.

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Col. 2:16-17 

 

3. The Holy Spirit creates a community of Christ-followers.

 

4. The arrival of the Holy Spirit was spectacular for a reason.

 

5. A sign was given to the Jewish believers:

 

When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. …Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:14, 17 

 

The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles, too. And there could be no doubt about it, for they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Acts 10:45-46 (NLT) 

 

God, who knows people’s hearts, confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he gave him to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for he also cleansed their hearts through faith. Acts 15:8-9 (NLT) 

 

Paul …came to Ephesus, where he found several believers. …Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:1, 6 (NLT) 

 

6. Pentecost was not intended to be duplicated.

 

WHAT CAN I DO?

 

1. I can ask Jesus Christ into my life.

“If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.”  When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. John 7:38-39 (NLT) 

 

2. I can ask the Holy Spirit to fill me.

Be filled with the Spirit. Eph. 5:18 (NCV)

 

“And this is the boldness we have in God’s presence: that if we ask God for anything that agrees with what he wants, he hears us. If we know he hears us every time we ask him, we know we have what we ask from him”. 1 John 5:14-15 (NCV)

 

3. I can impact others forever.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last”. John 15:16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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