Summary: PENTECOST (A) - Our gracious God freely pours out his Holy Spirit. This is our gracious God's glorious Gift and practical Gift.
GOD POURS OUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT (Outline)
May 23, 2010 -
INTRO: God’s gift of the Holy Spirit provides faith in the hearts and for the lives of every believer. Those who lived during Jesus’ earthly ministry did not always understand the truth that Jesus was the Son of God. The miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 is a good example. After that miracle, people pursued Jesus for this bread for life. They did not see that Jesus was the very Bread of Life. When Jesus pointed out that he was the Bread sent from heaven, many left. Even Jesus’ closest disciples were challenged. The ones who stayed with Jesus were the ones blessed by the gift of faith from the Holy Spirit. "The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life" (JOHN 6:63). Just as in the Old Testament and just as on the first day of Pentecost, so also today:
GOD POURS OUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
I. This is God’s glorious gift.
II. This is God’s practical gift.
I. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD’S GLORIOUS GIFT.
A. Joel was one of God’s prophets during the time of the Old Testament. God had chosen Joel.
1. God’s prophets had a two-fold mission in life. First they received God’s message from God.
2. Secondly, God’s prophets relayed God’s message to God’s people.
3. Joel proclaimed God’s message of repentance to God’s disobedient people (READ JOEL).
B. Verse 28a, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” This is God’s amazing message.
1. God promises to pour out his Spirit on all people – not just prophets (or priests and kings).
2. The Hebrew word for people means, “flesh”. “Flesh counts for nothing,” Jesus said.
C. Verse 29, “Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
1. God’s Spirit would come upon both men and women. This is God’s glorious gift.
a. Prophets had been only men. b. Priests and kings were also only men.
2. “All flesh” would even include servants. They were usually only considered outsiders.
D. God pours out his Holy Spirit. We see this special outpouring on the first Pentecost (READ: ACTS 2). The disciples spoke to “people from every nation under heaven”. The people heard the disciples and understood what they were saying. What they said was important. The disciples were “declaring the wonders of God”! As Peter continues preaching to that crowd he preaches about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. These are the very same wonders of God that have been poured out into our hearts. God pours out his Holy Spirit upon us whenever we read, study, or hear God’s living and active word. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 TIMOTHY 3:16, 17).