Sun, May 20, 2018

Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-4 PENTECOST SUNDAY

 

George Borrow,  a writer for the foreign bible society. He wrote a book called Wild Wales, and there he wrote of a spot he came to see in Wales on the Plynlimmon mountain. There on the mountain is a spring that bubbles up and descends down the mountain and splits into 3 wide rivers, the Severn, the Wye, and the Rheidol. He asked the guide if he could drink from that spring, knowing that in his drinking he had taken up all three rivers at its source.

FOUNTAINHEAD OF THE CHURCH: 

John 16:7–15 (ESV) — 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

 

John Stott: Without the Holy Spirit , Christian discipleship would be inconceivable, even impossible. There can be no life without the life-giver, no understanding without the spirit of truth, no fellowship without the unity of the Spirit, no Christlikeness of character apart from his fruit, and no effective witness without his power. As a body is without breath is a corpse, so the church without the Spirit is dead.

 

Acts 1:8–9 (ESV) — 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

 

Acts 2:1(ESV) — 1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.

 

All together in one place: What were they doing?

 

Acts 2:2–4 (ESV) — 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

  1. WIND:

 

Genesis 1:1–2 (ESV) — 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

 

II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the NEW HAS COME.

 

2. FIRE:

v.4 and they were FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

Ephesians 2:18–19 (ESV) — 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

 

Benediction: Ephesians 3:14–21 (ESV) — 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.