Summary: What can we learn for today from the amazing Pentecost in Acts 2?
Acts 2:1-21; 36-41
Introduction. One of the key events of the Bible is the Day of Pentecost. In the OT it was a celebration of the end of the wheat harvest - a joyful time - later became known as a celebration of the giving of the law. When we think of Pentecost we might think of the modern Pentecostal believers. What we should really think about, though, is the time that God through His Holy Spirit birthed the church and opened the doors for all people of the world to be saved.
Pentecost was a unique event - a Holy Spirit Baptism only experienced in Acts 2 and Acts 10. It was also an event that set in motion realities that we experience today. What Does Pentecost Power Mean to Us?
1. Pentecost Power Began In Prayer
They had been instructed to wait for power and they prayed together constantly.
Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Church was birthed in prayer and it still finds life there.
The Upper Room was a place of prayer. (1:12-13a Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives,a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying.)
The Disciples were men of prayer (1:13bThose present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.)
Their practice was to constantly pray (1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.).
They were dependent upon prayer (1:24-26 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.)
Had there been no prayer there may have been no Pentecost … they were seeking God and He came near. They were together when the day of Pentecost arrived (Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.). We haven’t even begun to pray together as we should and we won’t until seeking revival from God is our heart’s passion.
2. Pentecost Power Depended on God
Acts 2:2-4 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
We know these men and women as devoted disciples. They did make a difference in their world. They did not have the power to birth the church. Their strength was in the God they trusted. Notice what God did: Sound (wind); Sight (fire); Speech (tongues). None was explainable by natural elements or reason.