Summary: early church power
Intro: over the years there are many ministers who
Intro: as I listen to sermons on television or radio, I am always amazed at the lack of preaching from the book of Acts. As a lifetime Pentecostal I have heard many wonderful sermons from this great book of the events about the early church. Here are some of my favorite verses from this powerful book.
Acts 1:8—and ye shall receive—I am so glad that this verse is in my life. It didn’t say you might receive, or maybe it will happen, but that if you desire the Holy Spirit, you will be filled with this wonderful power.
If you are a ye, than this is your promise.
It is so encouraging to know that God wants to be in my life. The power of the gospel isn’t man going after God, but God going after man.
Acts 2:4—fully come—God never does things half way. This experience with God is in full measure. He overflows everything He fills.
a. You can’t be kind of saved. If you are only kind of saved, you need to take a trip to the cross.
b. You can’t be sort of set free. If you are only sort of set free, than you need to take another dip in the river.
c. You can’t be almost filled. If you are only almost filled, you need to go back upstairs to that upper room and stay awhile.
Acts 2:14- But Peter, standing with the eleven
A true Pentecost will get you to your feet. I like that old song, the Holy Ghost will set your feet a dancing. I am glad that it wasn’t just Peter who stood, but that everyone got up. If you have ever been in a real move of God, everyone gets touched. Without the Holy Spirit a church will fall apart, but with the Holy Spirit the church will stand together.
Acts 2:16—this is that—( enough said)
I am so glad that Peter didn’t give the Holy Spirit outpouring a great theological dissertation. This is the promise, this is the fulfillment of prophecy, this is that. Peter made it as simple as this: Joel foretold Him, we received Him, you perceived Him, now believe Him, nothing more, and nothing less.
Acts 3:6—but such as I have
The great lesson of Pentecost is that it is to be given away. For many the Holy Spirit can become an end instead of a beginning. Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water. If we find dryness around us, it is because we have become a sponge instead of a fountain for God.
Acts 4:31-when they had prayed the place was shaken
Pentecostal prayer should be one of passion and fire. A Pentecostal prayer will shake down the walls, it will wake up the church, and it will shake up the devil. A true Pentecostal service shouldn’t be measured by the attendance or the amount of offering, but did it register on the rictor scale.
Acts 5:42—they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Religion tried to kill Pentecost. It beat it, scattered it, and locked it up, but it kept growing. Today it is still the same, you can’t lock Pentecost up, you can’t beat Pentecost out, you can run Pentecost off, and you can’t keep Pentecost down.
Acts 8:39—probably one of my favorite stories in all of scripture. The Spirit of the Lord caught away Phillip—before Scotty ever beamed someone down the Holy Spirit beamed Phillip up. Now I know someone could theologically explain this one away, but the Bible says that the eunuch saw him no more. I wonder what it feels like to travel at the speed of light. I guess we will know in a twinkling of an eye.