Summary: Pentecost - Acts 2. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: Acts chapter 2 verses 12-37.
• If you want to embarrass a preacher:
• Just ask him how the first sermon he ever preached went.
• Most of can remember it well, because it was not a very enjoyable experience!!!
• Often during a preachers first sermon he is very, very nervous.
• Often you get very tongue-tied.
• Often you feels that you are the wrong person in the wrong place.
Quote: Revd W A Spooner, the English scholar who died in 1930,
• He was reputed to have had a dreadful habit;
• Of confusing his message in the process of giving it:
• At a wedding he told the groom, 'It is kistomary to cuss the bride.'
• Calling on the dean of Christ Church he asked the secretary; 'Is the bean dizzy?"
• Giving the eulogy at a clergyman's funeral, he praised his departed colleague as;
• “A shoving leopard to his flock.”
(c). In a sermon he warned his congregation
• “There is no peace in a home where a dinner swells'.
• Meaning, of courses 'where a sinner dwells”'
(d). Speaking to a group of farmers:
• Spooner intended to greet them as “sons of toil,”
• But what came out was. "I see before me tons of soil.”
• Preacher who asked his wife: “Should I have put more fire into my sermon”,
• Wife replied: “You should have put more of your sermon in the fire”.
• Welsh Preacher worked himself into a frenzy while preaching on Psalm 42:
• “As the deer pants for the water, so my soul thirsts after you”.
• As he continued he cried:
• “Yes, brothers & sisters, it’s your pants that he wants!”.
In Acts chapter 2, Peter gave his first sermon:
• However, I believe this sermon was his best,
• And certainly his most influential.
• It ignited a flame that would spread across the whole world,
• With the message of Christ
(1). The Context of Peter's Sermon:
(1). Waiting for the Spirit (ch 1 vs 8):
• The disciples were told by Jesus to "Go into all........." but first to "wait in Jerusalem".
• The reason they were to wait, was to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)
• Because Jesus had now ascended back to the Father in heaven (Acts 1:9).
• The disciples would need another helper here with them on earth.
• In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came upon people for a while, then left.
• But now, it's different when he comes upon a person he will stay with that person ever.
In Acts chapter 2 verse 5 that promise was fulfilled:
• The disciples (120 new Christians) were filled with the Holy Spirit,
• And they started praising God in different languages that they had not learnt.
• Worth noting: In verses 6 & 8 the word "Tongue" is used by some translations,
• It is Greek word "Dialektos" which refers to a known language of a country.
(2). Worshipping the Lord (verse 11).
• What the 120 new Christians were doing; they were not preaching the gospel,
• They were "Declaring the wonders of God". That is praising God.
• And this caused a reaction from the crowds;
• Who heard the noise and were drawn towards them,
• Verse 5 says they were "Bewildered", Verse 7: "Utterly amazed",
• Verse 12 "Amazed & perplexed".
(3). Witnessing to the people (verse 14).
• Peter who was filled with the Holy Spirit;
• Then turned this situation into an evangelistic opportunity:
• In the book of Acts whenever someone is filled with the Holy Spirit;
• It is always leads on to evangelism!
• Worship may have been the bait that attracted the crowds attention,
• But it was the gospel that contained the hook that brought folks to Christ!
(2). Analysis of Peter's Sermon:
• An elderly man stopped at a hearing aid centre and asked about prices.
• “We have them from £25,000 down to £1.50,” the salesman said.
• “What’s the £25,000 one like?”
• “Well it translates three languages.”
• “And what about the one for $1.50?”
• “It’s this button attached to a string,” said the salesman, pushing it across the counter.
• “How does it work?” replied the customer.
• “It doesn’t” replied the salesman;
• “But if you put the button in your ear and the string in your pocket,
• You’ll be surprised how loud people will talk.”
• Peter did not need to shout to be an effective communicator.
• Let’s look at some basic principles in communicating.
(a). His sermon is Down to Earth.
(1ST). PETER'S SERMON IS SIMPLE!
• As a preacher there is no merit in trying to be deep and complicated.