How To Experience Pentecost
Sermon shared by John Kapteyn
Summary: What the events of Pentecost meant and mean to us today.
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1. Personal illustration of time when I experienced power of Holy Spirit to enable me in my ministry.
2. This experience helps me get some idea of what happened that powerful and wonderful day in Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago when the Holy Spirit came down - day of Pentecost
3. Not comparing my experience to Pentecost, but we can experience the HS in ways they did.
4. I believe that we all seek to esperience the presence of God the Holy Spirit in our lives. To see God at work in us. Today we will see how we can and do also experience the events of Pentecost Day.
1. First we consider what actually happened on this day.
1. Disciples given their work before Jesus returned to heaven - to be witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
2. They joined together constantly in prayer, they waited for the Holy Spirit - when He came it was sudden and the events must have surprised them.
3. The Holy Spiritís came upon them.
a. The sound of a mighty rushing wind came from heaven and filled the house in which they were sitting.
i. Wind represented the Spirit of God. Ezekiel was told to call the wind to blow upon dead bodies and dry bones in the valley which he saw in a vision. (Ez. 37)
ii. The wind was the presence of the HS in a powerful way, as a source of life and not in a way that simply passed through the house but stayed in it and filled it.
b. What appeared to be tongues of fire which separated and rested upon each of them.
i. Reminds us of how God appeared to Moses in a burning bush.
4. We also at times, though not as powerfully, experience the presence of the Holy Spirit as we worship together.
a. To my surprise, I believe that sometimes when I felt more spiritually prepared, the sense of the HSís presence did not seem as great to me as at other times/
i.We cannot force the Spirit to make Himself present in a powerful way. (John 3:8). The Holy Spirit sometimes comes in powerful ways but He can also come as a quiet comforter -1Kgs 19:12 - a gentle whisper.
5. After describing the events that occurred, Luke tells us what these outward signs represent.
a. The disciples both baptized with HS and filled with HS.
i. When John the Baptist was baptizing his disciples with water he told them that Jesus would baptize with the HS. Just 10 days before, Jesus told them "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
ii. After Pentecost, all believers are baptized with HS when they receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour . (1Cor 12:13)
b. The disciples were also filled with the HS - not a one-time experience but one that can reoccur in us. My experience was filled with the HS but not the only time.
i. May seem that we are filled only when there is a dramatic event such as the one in Acts 2, but that is not necessary.
ii. While we should seek to be continually full of the Spirit, we should look for special fillings of the HS in special circumstances.
iii. To be filled with the Spirit means to be equipped with power for a particular service to which God has called us, not a service in which we can take personal glory, but one to be used for building up the kingdom and is be used by the church.
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