Summary: This sermon focuses on what it is that should drive or empower our Churches.

Tongues of Fire – The day of Pentecost, Acts 2:1-12,

What is it that drives our Church?

Drive - To push, propel, or press onward forcibly; urge forward; To guide, control, or direct; To cause or sustain, as if by supplying force or power.

Is it….?

1. Tradition

2. Personality

3. Finances

4. Programs

5. Buildings

6. Events

7. Seekers (lost people)

This is something we must be sure of. It is too serious a matter to merely assume.

A photographer for a national magazine was assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Smoke at the scene hampered him and he asked his home office to hire a plane. Arrangements were made and he was told to go at once to a nearby airport, where the plane would be waiting. When he arrived at the airport, a plane was warming up near the runway. He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, "Let’s go! Let’s go!" The pilot swung the plane into the wind and they soon were in the air. "Fly over the north side of the fire," yelled the photographer, "and make three or four low level passes." "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I’m going to take pictures," cried the photographer. "I’m a photographer and photographers take pictures!" After a pause the pilot said, "You mean you’re not the instructor?"

Acts 2:1-12

This passage clearly reveals what it was that drove the early Church.

It was the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

We too should have tongues of fire today. However ours are not something that appear above each of our heads, they are lives and words that proclaim the presence of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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