Summary: The birth of the Church under the New Covenant, The church is the instrument through which God will “Complete the Mission that Jesus Began”.
Completing the Mission that Jesus Began
The Birth of the Church, Part 1
Read Acts 2:1-4
This is a tremendous transitional passage. We have
the end of the Old Covenant and the birth of the
Church under the New Covenant."
All the great elements of God's redemptive plan are
right here. The death, resurrection, and ascension of
Jesus Christ results in the sending of the Spirit, the
birth of the church, and the age of the Spirit.
In the old age, the Spirit was with the believer. In
the new age, He is in the believer.
In the first four verses we have four important
supernatural elements that we need to examine
carefully in order to understand the implication of this
1. The church
2. The baptism of the Holy Spirit.
3. The filling of the Spirit.
4. The speaking in other languages
T. S. First the church
1. The church
The church is the instrument through which God will
“Complete the Mission that Jesus Began”.
Matthew 16:18 …I will build my church, and the
gates of Hades will not overcome it. NIV
Remember that when the Bible talks about the
church, it’s talking about the real church, the people
who truly know Christ, not a building.
In the church there is one body of believers indwelt
by the Holy Spirit, all in an invisible union with
Jesus Christ and with each other. That is the mystery
that is unfolding, a mystery that was not understood by
those in the Old Testament period.
The Greek word for church is “Ecclesia”. Means
“called out ones”. Believers are called out of the world
to serve Christ in the world.
The church is the bride of Christ. It is the branches of
the vine Jesus Christ, the flock of the Good Shepherd,
the kingdom ruled by the Son of God, the family of
adopted children, a spiritual temple, the body of
Jesus Christ is incarnated in His people. It is not one
body, but a multiplicity of bodies in whom Jesus lives.
Yet the church is one body with Christ as the head.
The church is a fellowship knit together, totally
dependent on each other. The church is one people
and all barriers are abolished.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave
nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ
All racial and gender barriers are abolished and we
need to honor that in the church.
The church is the body of Christ blended together, a
spiritual incarnation of Christ.
Words are too poor to fully describe the Church.
It should encourage your hearts as believers to
know that you are a part of the body of Christ the
church and you should do all that you can to grow it
and nurture it.
T.S. The second thing we want to look at in this
passage is the baptism of the Spirit which brings the
church into being.
Acts 2:2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent
wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where
they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues
of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
This is the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit revealed in the sudden sound “like
the blowing of a violent wind” and what seemed to be
tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each
of the believers.
There was no wind just the sound. There was no fire,
but what seemed to be tongues of fire.
Do you get the feeling they had a hard time explaining
what it was. It was the coming of the Holy Spirit, and
the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The word translated wind is not the ordinary word
pneuma, but it's the word pnoes, it means a blast of
Can you imagine? No motion in the air and yet the
sound of a tornado coming down.
Notice the word “suddenly”. I'm sure they didn't
really expect what happened, when it happened.
T. S. We need to understand the Baptism of the Spirit
in order to understand what is going on in this
2. The Baptism of the Spirit.
A. The baptism of the Spirit is the fulfillment of
John the Baptist predicted the baptism of the Spirit
in Matthew 3:11 "I baptize you with water for
repentance. But after me will come one who is more
powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He
will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. NIV
John 7:37 Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If
anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38