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April 29, 2013

“When the day of Pentecost came all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise form the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. They were so thrilled by this that they agreed to meet again the following week to do the same thing”.

 

The New Authorised Living Bloke’s Street Message Bible

 

The Holy Spirit at Pentecost –(Acts 2: 1 – 13)

 

Pentecost signalled the arrival of the Holy Spirit – a remarkable day. But what was it about? Was it just a time of blessing for Jesus followers or was it so much more. Well judging from the huge numbers of new believers joined to the church that day, there was much more going on.

 

I believe when we focus in on what the Holy Spirit can do for me then we are in danger of losing the bigger picture.

 

What happened?

  1. The people heard the disciples speaking in their own languages. This was not the type of speaking in tongues, mentioned in the Paul’s writings. There was no need for interpretation. Everybody could hear the message in a way that was clear. I have been known to say a number of times that all Christians should speak in tongues in the sense that happened on the day of Pentecost. By which I mean, as Christians, as a church we need to communicate the gospel of Jesus in ways the people around us can      understand.
  2. It was the pentecostal school for instant missionaries. Imagine it. No need for 3 years in Bible college. No need for extensive language training to go to the mission field. What the Holy Spirit did that day was amazing
  3. Making our message understood is so important. I did French to A level at school      although you wouldn’t know it on the couple of occasions we holiday in France with the family. I remember constructing a beautiful request for directions to the Supermarket. It was polite and the kids were impressed.      When it came to understanding the reply I was given I had not one clue. Is our message understood or does it just sound like a foreign language?
  4. It’s all about the Spirit working. Pentecost reminds us that evangelism can never just be about careful planning and well chosen methods. It’s not about whether we do Alpha, Christianity Explored, or Y. Although those choices may be important. It’s about the working of God the Holy Spirit.      Without his working our evangelism is dead.

 

 

Later in Acts we find that the Holy Spirit brings boldness (Acts 4: 31)

  1. In the face of opposition the disciples prayed for boldness. They didn’t run away. They didn’t ask for God to blast the opposition. They prayed for greater boldness and they got it. They went out and saw even greater blessing.
  2. The place they were when they prayed was shaken. But it wasn’t again about an exciting experience for the Christians. They were shaken and stirred into action. There was no stopping the followers of Jesus.

 

 

Let us not  forget too the Holy Spirit IS God (1 Cor 12 – 14)

  1. When was the last time you were surprised in church? The Holy Spirit is not      subject to our limitations. He is God and therefore all powerful. All too often in our churches we prescribe what the Holy Spirit is allowed to do. What if we let the Holy Spirit be God. That’s when Paul said people would      say “God is here!!”
  2. The Holy Spirit is our worship leader. He is the one who needs to breathe life      into our worship times sung or otherwise. Do we sometimes need to get out of the way and let him do what he is doing?
  3. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts. It’s his shout not ours. So often Christians decide which gifts they would prefer. Paul reminds us he’s the Lord. This isn’t like the old Saturday morning Swapshop with Noel Edmunds where we bring our unwanted gifts and swap them for something more spectacular. We submit to his will!
  4. There is such a potential when Christians gather together for God is in this place!! So who’s running the show? Us or him?

 

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