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Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that when the Baptism of the Holy Spirit comes; God shows sign to unbelievers that He is present.

31 May 2009

Pentecost Sunday

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

Fortress Chapel

Contingency Operation Site (C.O.S.) Sykes

Tall-afar, Iraq

BIG IDEA: The Baptism of The Holy Spirit shows sign to unbelievers that God is present.

REFERENCES: Drunkenness was consistently condemned in the Old Testament (Gen. 9:20-27) and in the New Testament (Gal. 5:21). Genesis 9:20-27 (ESV) Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.” He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant. May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant”; Matthews 11:19 (ESV) The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!”; John 20:19-22 (ESV) The Holy Spirit is breathed upon the disciples; There are two “Baptism in the Spirit occurrences: Acts 2 (ESV) The Holy Spirit falls upon the Jews; Acts 10 (ESV) – The Holy Spirit falls upon the Gentiles; Leviticus 23:15-21 (ESV) Feast of Pentecost; Pentecost pictures the coming of the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12:13 (ESV) For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit; In 1 Corinthians 10:17 - Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread (ESV) – The church is pictured as a loaf of bread; John 3:8 (ESV) The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit”; Deuteronomy 14:26 (ESV) and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household; Galatians 5:16-25 (ESV) Walk by The Spirit; Galatians 5:21 (ESV) envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God; Exodus 14:21 (ESV) The power of the wind and the crossing of the Red Sea - Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided; Acts 1:5 (ESV) for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Mark 1:8 (ESV) I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”; Numbers 11:24-28 (ESV)

Moses, responding to Joshua’s misguided zeal after an outpouring of the divine Spirit on the 72 elders - declared, “I wish that all the LORD‘s people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit on them!”

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: Acts 2:14-21 (ESV)

II. READ THE PERICOPE: Acts 2:14-21 (ESV)

III. READ THE TEXT: Acts 2:15-17 (ESV) For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams.

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to affirm to others that when the Baptism of the Holy Spirit comes; God shows sign to unbelievers that He is present.

V. SERMONIC THEME: “DRUNK”

VI. INTRODUCTION:

It has been said that drunkenness is the state of i-nebri-a-tion caused by the ingestion of too much alcohol or wine.

Drunkenness is persistently condemned throughout the Bible. For it is said to render one insensible and imperceptive, a social nuisance, an economic ruin, and ultimately causing one to be morally and spiritually good-for-nothing.

The good-for-nothing is caused by drunkenness through its power to deceive, conveying a false sense of clear perception, intelligence, and power.

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