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Pentecost Harvest

Acts 2:1-47, Andrew Love, October 15, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • When we think of Pentecost we often think of the coming of the Holy Spirit
    • It was originally a Jewish festival
    • 50 days
    • It was a day of great joy
    • Another name: the Feast of Weeks
    • The second of three major festivals
    • The trumpets, the choir, the Psalms
  • Thinking of a different harvest
    • Jesus is our Passover Lamb
    • God sent His Holy Spirit 50 days after Jesus was crucified
    • 3000 were saved that day
    • This was the birth of the church as we know it
    • 5000 saved afterwards
    • The Church has been growing ever since
  • Overview:
    • The Moment of Pentecost
    • The Message of Pentecost
    • The Movement that began at Pentecost

The Moment of Pentecost

  • It has "fully come"
    • A sign of fulfillment
    • John the Baptist had predicted this
    • Jesus had said to His disciples
    • Acts 1:4-5
  • The moment of the giving of the Holy Spirit
    • The pivotal act of humanity happened on the day of Passover
    • Jesus Christ was offered as our Passover Lamb
      • Explanation
  • The people were expectant
    • The Holy Spirit was poured out upon them - a very significant day
  • The law of God would be written on peoples' hearts
    • This was to replace the Ten Commandments (given 50 days after their escape from Egypt)
      • The Israelites could not keep the Ten Commandments
      • We cannot keep the Ten Commandments
        • Explanation
    • We would be given a capacity to obey the Law of God
    • (But remember salvation is through faith in Christ alone)
  • The Cross is what God has done for you
    • Pentecost is what God is doing in you
  • v2-4
    • A sound like rushing mighty wind
    • Tongues of fire/flame (upon the heads of the apostles)
    • Wind and fire - represented God
      • Examples
    • They were all filled with the Holy Spirit
  • v9
    • Many nationalities heard the apostles speaking in the own language
    • A gift given by God
    • They are declaring the wonderful works of God
      • They are declaring the works of Christ
  • Have you understood the significance of Pentecost today?
    • In the Old Testament God spoke through Hebrew
    • At Pentecost God is speaking through many languages
  • Do you know this God?
    • You can only know God is the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in you

The Message of Pentecost

  • The people were perplexed and confused
    • Some thought they were drunk
    • Peter address the crowd and spoke with great authority
      • The Holy Spirit always points to Jesus Christ
  • v16-21
    • Peter explains it is a part fulfillment of a previous prophecy
      • (The signs of the moon and sun have not yet come to pass)
    • Young men and old men shall have visions and dreams
      • This occurred in the New Testament
    • We have become priests and servants of the Living God
  • v22-24
    • Remember all these miracles – no-one could deny them
    • The acts at calvary were the purpose of God
    • Christ had died – though they were still responsible
    • God raised Christ from the dead
  • His message: about the Son of God
    • The message of the Church is not a social gospel
    • Our message is about Jesus Christ
    • That people  need to yield their life to Him, for He is the only answer to their sin
  • v24-35: Peter speaks to the Jewish audience from the Old Testament
    • He quotes from Psalm 16 (v8-11)
    • He quotes from Psalm 68 (v18)
  • Peter labours the point about the Resurrection
    • This is a sticking point for people today (including religious people)
    • Do you believe it?
    • There needs to be a response to this message?
    • If you believe it you will be forgiven, given a new life and taken to heaven

The Movement that began at Pentecost

  • There was a movement in heaven that day
    • Supernatural things happened from heaven
  • There was a movement on the earth
    • It started in the hearts of the disciples
    • It spread to the people listening
      • They were listening at God was speaking to them
      • They were deeply moved
      • The asked "what shall we do?" (v37)
  • Peter instructs that they repent and be baptised (v38)
    • We must repent:
      • Acknowledge that you are a sinner
      • Hate your sin
      • Ask God to change your heart and set your life in a different direction
    • We must be baptised:
      • Make a public declaration
      • Baptism does not save you – but is a demonstration of your change: an outward act of an inward change
      • Believer's Baptism – not infant baptism
      • It is not an option but a command
    • "Be saved from this perverse generation" (v40)
  • The movement was so great (v42-45)
    • They continued daily
    • They loved fellowship
    • There was great working and power of the Holy Spirit that fear came upon the community
    • They sold the possessions and shared with those who had need
    • They celebrated communion 
    • They continued in group prayer
  • What was the name of the Church?
    • It had no name - it was the Church of Jesus Christ
    • It is not about names or denominations (it is about Jesus Christ)
    • It is not the form, building or ritual but the gift of the Holy Spirit
  • What sort of church is ours?
    • Quote from Spurgeon (paraphrase)
    • The Lord dwells where there is unity
    • Our unity is in Christ, the Word of God and prayer
  • Imagine the joy of the people that day
    • Isaiah 9:2-3

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Acts 2:1-47

1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 22Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 23Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. 29Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 32This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 34For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35Until I make thy foes thy footstool. 36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (KJV)

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