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August 23, 2021 8:00 am
Today as we open God would know they were to open you as well on our phone with 866-899-WORD 866-899-WORD 9673 or on line in GW online.org like Bibles this morning and turn with me to the book of acts the New Testament, the book of acts. In chapter 2 I really want to encourage you to have your Bibles open the book of acts. In chapter 2, back to the future as Aussies in the book of acts. The friends I want to say a couple of things to you this morning before I read this passage we are about to read and study what is considered to be one of the most critical passages in Scripture that Scripture is critical. It's vital every single word from Genesis to Revelation is vital to your and my life is not a single word in God's word that is not vital and critical than beta say to you that there are some events and some happenings in Scripture that are so critical. In fact, for the next maybe two or three weeks. I'm going to be camping right here in acts chapter 2 and there's a reason for acts chapter 2 is probably the one passage of Scripture that has spurned as many denominations, religious groups and Christian organizations. As you could ever imagine. Have come out of the book of acts.
In chapter 2. People with different beliefs because acts chapter 2 deals with the coming of the Holy Spirit, and so I want to spend some major time as we go back to the future, laying the groundwork in helping us to understand some of these things that are so vital and so critical about one is to just gloss over this section that we would never do that with as we study this passage of Scripture today. I want you to ask God to speak to Hall. I'm entitled message this morning. The power of the Holy Spirit began to be looking at the work of the Holy Spirit in the power of the Holy Spirit and the coming of the Holy Spirit. So I want you to read with me and I am going to stop a number of times so just get ready run closer Bibles not at any time. Acts chapter 2 verse one when the day of Pentecost came knowledge. Dr. the Bible is going to teach us and show us about a specific day and a specific moment. It was clear the day of Pentecost. Pentecost Monday to describe that to you in a later message was one of the festivals in the Old Testament by Monday to talk about it. Today we going to look at it. Perhaps next week or the week off but I want you to know this is a specific time and I specifically been obtained by ball when the day of Pentecost claim the Bible says they were together in one place now where were they why we've already looked at that you go back to chapter 1 in verse 13. The Bible says when they arrived later went to the upper room. I remember what happened to friends, remember that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. He spent 50 years on the earth after his resurrection, and then the next chapter 1 he did a couple of things he first told his disciples something and then he ascended from the Mount of olives to be seated at the right hand of the father and the family assembled to be with God the father in heaven.
He turned his disciples and he told them a number of things he said listen, I'll let you know that I let you to go back to Jerusalem. I don't want you to run and hide in the mountains. I want you to go back to Jerusalem and I want you to do what excuse me one to do what all I was a word we will struggle with literary site together on three I want you to go back to Jerusalem and one to three.
We struggle with the dominated show you something very interesting here in this passage of Scripture.
It's remarkably ready God Jesus Christ told the disciples to go back to Jerusalem and write that have to go and wait for while we find out about that in chapter 1, we've already read that it's right. Bruce Arthur he said do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit which my father has promised to you not remember this is a promise Jesus about to leave and Jesus says to his disciples. I promise you from the heart of God the father that my spirit is going to come and is going to be with you and I want you to go to Jerusalem and I want you to wait for him to come and see something very interesting that happened here. You see friends. The time between Jesus Christ on the cross and his ascension from the Mount of olives to go to be with God is a period of 13 areas and the time between the promise of the Holy Spirit and the actual coming of the Holy Spirit last 50 days these people had to write for the days that would kill some about teenagers would rock. Does that happen. If you want to put it in your Bible between acts chapter 1 and verse 26 and acts chapter 1 verse 26 in acts chapter 2 in verse 159 is goes by 50 days between the promise of the Holy Spirit and the actual coming of the Holy Spirit.
One of the things that we going to discover is that the various was the most useless. In the history of the New Testament church praying happen. Listen to me what the Bible is going to show to us. Is this not have the secluded of God living in you are going to be rendered useless and powerless. It is this God him and me to be able to do what we cannot do for us now want you to really stick with me this morning because these data be fundamentally important. We cannot live without. So let's see what happened here when the spirit of God came not remember acts chapter 2 is day of Pentecost. It is a specific date and time.
It is a specific moment in time. It is a specific event in time and it was at the day of Pentecost that the spirit of God arrived said hello. I'm excuse me, I'm coming in. I am the very end of the promise that Jesus Christ gave to you.
What would happen makes a remarkable reading in the bed of Pentecost claim that was the limit together with the early given believers were together as believers. There was nobody left out of it suddenly a sound like a blowing of a violent direct was the sound. The sound was the wind. Just remember this came from heaven would come from. It came from heaven through the house where they were.
Excuse me but were they doing right was sitting not just think about you know I can just imagine what those disciples. They tried to preach that held the church meeting.
You remember last week and they suddenly setting themselves. Wait a minute. When we got a new and one of them.
Ron said Jesus said we need to write the submitter wanted to just go take a seat that was sitting in the Bible says, you know, they just sat down babysitting folks. They went looking down the front of the church to offer the Holy Spirit to come by when praying for the Holy Spirit to come. They would do anything to make the Holy Spirit they would just simply sitting and waiting for the promise of God that can cost nothing happens. The Bible says suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came down from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They said what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on every one of them. There is no exception. Here is left out.
There is not a single person who was given special treatment. There is no one in this saints who became a first-class crudeness Christian because they were baptized in the Holy Spirit and somebody else present. Now watch what happens to reimburse for them. Bring food with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues in the room tongues. They literally my friend has only one translation.
Other languages intelligible, understandable languages.
That's what tongues means in Scripture, it is the need to speak in a language that is intelligible and understandable to others who hear it.
It has a specific purpose in mind as the Spirit enabled them. Let's watch the explanation in verse five now there were staying in Jerusalem, God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard the sound of a crowd came together in the movement because there is. Each one them speaking in his own language. Utterly Moses. They lost all matter. These men who are speaking Galileans knowledge to stop there for a moment.
These people were prejudiced but were no different to us in South Carolina. They were prejudiced people that were no different. People in New York City and London England. They were prejudiced people do you remember when Philip and Nathaniel were thinking of basing tender any good thing come out of Nazareth. Remember the back and said that the Jews had with the Samaritan woman because she came from Samaria that the region of Galilee that most of the people of the lien Bob believed that Galileans were just a bunch of nominees a bunch of bushwhack is set around feeding fish eating fish catching fish and repairing that and they gathered together in the splicing Jerusalem, which was the lumen center of the universe and the people speaking their own languages and I said in the road and in Ukraine.
Admin. From Lee even have proper schools and education in the world could they have learned how to speak languages University.
They were absolutely amazed. So then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language and we been listening for anyone who's going to argue with these people came from Parthians beads and Elamites residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia Pontius agent Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and parts of Libya near Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism Creighton is an airing the wonders of God in our amazed and perplexed day off one. Does this mean somehow ever made fun of him and said they been too much. One so good old Peter couldn't restrain himself. He was the preacher the foster among the group.
He couldn't stand it anymore. He waited for other people to get up and finally he stood up and he said he said with the lemon he raised his voice and addressed the crowd's fellow Jews in their living Jerusalem. We explain this to you listen carefully to what I said these men are not drunk, as you suppose all career. It's only 9 o'clock in the morning by the Lord Ronnie's word upon our hearts. You know that the work of the spirit is mentioned over 56 times in the book of acts, Luke wrote the book of Bacchus refers to the spirits Ricky refers to the spiritual role he talks about the spirits responsibilities in the lives of God's people live because it is a book about connectivity. It is a book about events and experiences and is going to show us primarily is listen when the spirit of God came this God is God expected them to God by his listing to Dr. Don Wilton don't go away will be back with the rest of today's message in just a moment, but if he speaks about the spirit of God empowering us to do what God wants us to do. Many times God uses specific passages in his word, or even studies on God's word to help empower us.
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We will be rendered useless.
We cannot, we can drive buses all over the place and back.
It's not going to make any difference we can sing all the songs we want someone to make any difference we can preacher and we want to not gonna make any difference if we are not empowered by the Holy Spirit.
And guess what God says my spirit is in you and he will empower you at the moment you accept me as your Savior. All ties.
This mandate is to continually spirit that got to be about Christ is acorn in feeling this God that we want to be trusted in mind. They have been completely hundred percent ties in the Holy Spirit because you cannot separate God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit that all three in one and may not trust Jesus Christ as my Savior. I received God I received Jesus Christ, I received this.
I think some subsequent experience in my legs and arms with my baby Bob is given to me so God's grace. This body maturity.
Why did Jesus tell them to write Romans know about the taste of obedience we've already discovered that Harvard and why would a little bit but I think in reverse and approve a powerlessness is to show these disciples listen gentleman without me you nothing. Doesn't matter how much you've downloaded be done without you nothing. It was to test Garabedian's analyst approved a powerlessness and so we come down to the power of the Holy Spirit.
Every major event often acts chapter 2 and Penny cost from Vietnam is accompanied by the leadership and the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, there are three dynamics of the power the Holy Spirit the power of the Holy Spirit in the spirit of God empowers the believer to do three things. Number one to worship him. Number two, to serve and number three to live for him. That's what the Spirit of God as he empowers me empowers me to worship him to serve him and to live for. Let's look first ability what it means to be empowered to worship him. The best thing, the number one thing we gotta do is go to worship God. How do we worship him through singing, through prayer, preaching throughout unit meditation through love giving through ministry. That's how we worship and we give everything to him and God says to us, the way in which you worship me in the writing in which I want you to worship me is through the power of my Holy Spirit and don't have my empowerment is going to be no end. You know that from this point in the book of acts. The compassion of the Holy Spirit to worship God is repeated time without number. The Holy Spirit tells us how to worship God not just listen with me down time like this down because I'm gonna be quick, take you for a journey you see in acts chapter 4 verse 21. Worship God is the God of creation in chapter 4 and verse 25. With all the worship God is the God of Revelation next chapter 3 verse 17 the God of information in next chapter 2 in verse 37, the God of admiration. Next chapter 4 verse 11. The God who is the foundation. He's the cornerstone in acts chapter 2 in verse 23 the broader determination next chapter 3 in verse 13 God of humiliation in acts chapter 2 in verse 36, the God of the crucifixion. Next chapter members to the God of resurrection power in acts chapter 1, the God of the ascension in next chapter 2 and 33 would worship him as the God of exaltation. Next chapter 2 and 33 the God of elevation because he writes people. He picks us up in The God of satisfaction in chapters 8 and nine. Gotta be filtration.
Chapter 4 in verse 33 God of impartation in chapter 22 members being brought up distinction in chapter this celebration. Chapter 3 in verse 19, the God of condemnation in chapter 3 in verse 13 God of every generation chapter members 25 God nations. Chapter 2 in verse one, the grout of unification. Verse 11 dictation chapter 3 in verse one action chapter 5 in verse 31 out of the place. In chapter 3 in verse 10, July should God is saying to us. My friend is in the side because all great not the Holy Spirit of God noted me empowers the believer to worship him back to serve him with us. Probably best seen in the life of the apostle Peter and I have an interesting study and I've done the soccer money just touch on it today. Look at Peter prior to printing cost and impeach off the pain cost compare the life and ministry of Peter who worked around Jesus and fished with him and did things within the family.
The cost then you see the spirit of God comes down and then have a look at Peter off the plane because Nancy tried to printing cost is an apology for a sinner saved by the grace of God. When we find we find Peter liming limping his way around from one town in Judea and Samaria and assigned to another.
He was often contentious. He was arrogant he was proud he was mixed up he was currently mated with these none of the Lord Jesus Christ at the cross, when he said I don't use," three times. Do you remember that Peter was consistently found wavering between his faith in God and he's human inadequacies and fears many cost chapter 6 the 5000 people gathered, Peter said listen send them why we don't have any food for them. That's what Peter said in Matthew chapter 14, Jesus said, come on, Peter.
Peter did but he was so scared he said tried to play golf in chapter 13. No incentive Peter let me walk. She said you never wash me. Chapter 18 he got so mad he caught the ear of the priest.
All chapter 27 Jesus Christ at his beloved disciple and he said Peter Peter Peter just did operate and feed my sheep. I'm sure Jesus understood that his spirit was going to come and would radically transform his servant someone who would serve them with great boldness.
What happened after Pentecost chapter 2 of this theme. Peter lifted up his voice.
Chapter 2 in verse 38 Peter said repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.
Chapter 3 it was by God's grace. The lame man in chapter 3 and verse 12 preach that second sermon where he coined the phrase, what seems to be a problem man in chapter 4, saying Peter off to printing costs food up and preached in the Sanhedrin with critics in chapter 5, verse 20 we cannot but speak of the things which we have read and seen chapter 5 challenge analyzing supplier in chapter 5 in verse 29 rather than man in chapter 5 in verse 31 it was said that they rejoice because they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. This is the same fellow who denied the name of Jesus. Chapter 9 and verse 30 Peter Niels Lydia nine and 36 he raises breakfast at drop in detail in verse 33 goes out and preaches to the Gentiles.
In chapter 6 cell call was right you been listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher zero The Encouraging Word you put him teaching us to acts chapter 2, but right now as he steps in the studio. I pray you to open your heart what he wants to ask. Are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now.
They have gone on know that Arneson and I know that Jesus died for me cross today, I repent of my sin and by faith I received tomorrow in Jesus name, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting news. It's our prayer to God in your life. As we study the word together and perhaps moments ago is documenting the spring you gave your life to Christ, maybe for the first time. Maybe be dedicating life.
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