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Summary: Pentecost is more than a day. It is a landmark occurrance to be adhered to by the Church of today.

Scripture: Acts 2:41 –

Title: “THE POWER OF PENTECOST”

Introduction: There could have been 50,000 people in Jerusalem during Pentecost. Some would say that was the reason for 3,000 people getting saved that day. But the great number present didn’t all come from Jerusalem, but many traveled for many, many miles to get to the celebration of Pentecost.

If great numbers is all that is needed we have access to many more people than they had during Pentecost.

 We have the advantage of being able to drive a car at 40 – 50 – 60 miles an hour to get to places we desire to go.

 If you took a toll of the people that live within a 40 – to 60 mile radius from our church we would find there are multiple thousands that are not attending church anywhere.

 We have the great opportunity of COMMUNICATION: Radio – T.V. - Newspapers – Telephones – Cell Phones – Education.

 So, what’s the PROBLEM, why aren’t we seeing people saved as they did in that day?

 Is there a MISSING INGREDIENT that we have overlooked or lost?

 Are we FAILING to do something they did back then?

LET’S EXAMINE SOME SCRIPTURES THAT WILL ENLIGHTEN US:

 John 14:18 “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” KJV – “No, I will not abandon you as orphans--I will come to you.” NLT

 John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

 Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” KJV – “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

LET’S EXAMINE SOME SCRIPTURES THAT WILL ENLIGHTEN US:

 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.” NIV

I. THE POWER OF PENTECOST IS THE HOLY SPIRIT.

a. Up until Pentecost there had only been approximately 120 people genuinely saved and discipled.

 Because that is how many that were present in obedience in the upper room when the Holy Spirit came. (Acts 1:15)

b. Another thing to consider was that Jesus Himself had walked and taught the people for three and one half (3 ½) years and hadn’t seen as many saved as they did on Pentecost.

 Jesus was confined in ONE BODY. – But after the Holy Spirit came there was 120 people doing the work.

 Jesus was & is multiplied by every person that gets saved.

c. The PLAN that Jesus instituted was to put the Holy Spirit into people so they could continue the work He had started.

d. Before Pentecost we find the disciples FAILING to cast out a demon from a young boy.

 Luke 17:15 – 16 “Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is a lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.”


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