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Summary: On the Day of Pentecost, some thought that the disciples were intoxicated...and they WERE!! They were intoxicated by the Holy Spirit!

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June 11, 2003

Title: The Intoxication of the Spirit

Text: Acts 2:14-47

Introduction

We’ve been studying through the book of Acts on these Wednesday evenings...

last week we looked at the beginning of Acts chapter 2,

We saw how the church was weak and ineffective...

the disciples weren’t really sure what to do

so they held an election!!

BUT THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED!!

The Holy Spirit came...

and suddenly this puny bunch of disciples were fired up!!

They had POWER

The POWER of the Holy spirit had come upon them...

and the church hasn’t been the same since!

But our prayer has been that the Lord would DO IT AGAIN!

Pentecost was not intended to be a 1 Time Deal!

We want the Holy Spirit to come on US...

just like He did to the disciples on the day of Pentecost!

We want OUR Church to have the POWER of the Holy spirit settle down upon US!

Tonight, we turn our attention once more to Peter and to the early church and see how the POWER of the Holy Spirit really IGNITED those early Christians

And as we read our text, let our prayer continue to be "DO IT AGAIN, LORD....DO IT AGAIN!!"

Read Text: Acts 2:14-47

1. The intoxication of the Spirit

When the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, the people round about really took notice!

But their first thought wasn’t, "Boy, those sure are Spirit-filled people"!

No, their first thought was, "Those people are DRUNK!"

But Peter stood up and started preaching...

and he cleared up any misunderstandings...

He let them know that yes these people WERE intoxicated!

But it wasn’t with any special kind of wine or other liquor...

These people were intoxicated BY THE SPIRIT!

When people get intoxicated with alcohol...

they have a false sense of well-being...

they may forget about their troubles for a short time...

their judgment is impaired...

they aren’t safe operating machinery or automobiles...

they may not know what they are doing or saying

they may do something at night that they really regret the next morning...

and when the intoxication starts to wear off...

they have a hangover...

they feel lousy.

But when the Christian gets filled with the Holy Spirit...

he/she gets INTOXICATED!!

but intoxicated in a GOOD way!

one of the definitions of intoxicated is: "To stimulate or excite" (www.dictionary.com)

When Christian’s get intoxicated with the Holy Spirit...

they get excited!

they get exuberant!

they get enthused!

they have a general sense of well-being...

but unlike an alcoholic "high"...

the SPIRITUAL High doesn’t wear off!

It doesn’t impair our judgment...

it doesn’t make us do things that we shouldn’t...

and there’s no hangover!

One of the great needs of the Christian is to have a little excitement about serving the Lord!

We should have a little joy about Jesus...

And, if we can find a little of that New Testament excitement...

it would go a long way to getting people to take notice of the Church!

2. The Power of the Cross

When the early disciples got excited, Peter got up and started to preach.

And in this first sermon of what is called the "apostolic age",

Peter drew the people’s attention to the Power of the Cross!


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