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The fruits of Pentecost

Acts 2:42-47, Andrew Love, February 17, 2019


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Last week - looking at dramatic events
    • Recap:
      • Suddenly
      • Tongues of flame
      • The gift of languages
      • Peter preaches
      • The people repent and are baptised
    • Great phenomenon on the day of Pentecost
      • It was the preaching of Christ crucified
      • The message of the gospel that was life transforming
  • This evening - v42-47
    • The fruits of Pentecost
      • Devotion to the word of God, fellowship, the breaking of bread, prayer
      • The marks of the Spirit filled church

A love for God's word

  • They continued steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine
    • They continued daily in the temple
    • They continued under the teaching of the apostles
      • Likely all types of people
      • Hearing and receiving teaching every day
  • There must have been great awe as the apostles healed and did many signs and wonders (v43)
    • This confirmed their teaching was of God
  • The first fruit of Pentecost - a great love for the word of God
    • Do we have such a love for the word of God?
    • Is God's word being sidelined in churches today?
      • We must not takeaway from the word of God
      • The word of God is given - examples
    • We must remember the early church and their simplicity of worship
    • In lean times we faithfully sow the word of God

A love for one another

  • They continued steadfastly in fellowship
    • Not a priority or order in the list of v42
    • They are all equally important
  • The word fellowship in Greek means sharing and partnership
    • Some opened their homes
    • Some sold their possessions and gave charity
  • Fellowship - they were "together" and had "all things in common" (v44)
    • They sold the possessions to meet needs
      • Unlikely to be a teaching of the apostles but a work of the Holy Spirit
    • They were very generous
    • Their love was not in word only, but also in deed
      • Love from a pure heart
      • Their brotherly love continued (4:32-35)
    • The Jews were used to tithing and helping needy people
      • Now extra help was required
  • The second fruit of Pentecost - a great love for the people of God

A love for the means of grace

  • They devoted themselves to the breaking of bread and the prayers
    • i.e. to Communion
      • We should devote ourselves to all the means of grace
    • i.e. gathering together to pray
      • 1:14 - they all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication
      • 2:1 - they were all with one accord in one place
      • 3:1 - hours of prayer
      • 16:16 - "as we went to prayer" (on their way to a prayer meeting)
      • Scheduled prayer meetings
      • Spontaneous prayer meetings - 4:24, 12:12
  • Christians should be committed to prayer
    • Examples
  • The third fruit of Pentecost - prayer and communion

A love for the Lord

  • Worship was at the centre of this church
    • They met together daily "praising God" (v46-47)
    • This was their focus - their hearts were on fire
    • They worshiped God
  • The mark of a Spirit filled church is that they worship the Lord

A love for the lost

  • The Lord was adding daily to their number (v48)
    • The apostles were continuing to preach the Gospel
    • God was adding to the number that were saved
      • God added converts daily
  • We must pray for a great love for the lost
    • A Spirit filled church is a mission church

Closing Remarks

  • Not mystical experiences
  • The fruits of Pentecost - preaching, prayer, giving, love
    • Glorious fruits
  • If you are lacking - pray
  • We need a strong foundation
    • Every building needs a foundation
    • Jesus Christ is our foundation
    • Every church needs these four pillars

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Acts 2:42-47

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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