Summary: one of a series of messages on Acts
Martin Luther King Jr. organized the massive March on Washington (Aug. 28, 1963) where, in his brilliant "I Have a Dream" speech, he "subpoenaed the conscience of the nation before the judgment seat of morality." In January 1964, Time magazine chose King Man of the Year, the first black American so honored. Later that year he became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
"I have a dream"
With that speech MLK Jr. changed the expectations of the world. He gave this nation a new vision.
A vision of future is vital to the success of every living thing. If there is no vision - no purpose - no purpose - no direction - no direction - no joy. This is a terrible way to live.
No one ever accomplished anything without first having a vision. There are no exceptions. Not one invention.
Not one artistic endevear. Not one building.
A vision; a dream; a hope is the foundation of all accomplishment.
Christian Life is powerful fulfillling life - because it has a built in vision for the future.
Purpose is the reason to live. The mission and vision is God’s and he give us the resources to accomplish it!
The most marvelous day of the history of the World was the Day of Pentecost.
What about resurrection day? Well, yes, and no.
Pentecost is when resurrection blossomed into reality in our lives!
Resurrection spread to 3000 souls who were baptized
went through their own Death burial and resurrection!
The Holy Spirit happened. There were tongues of fire. There were 14 languages spoken - without anybody studying the language.
Now , don’t get confused about what to focus on. Don’t focus on the miracle! The miraculous exists to draw our attention to the real issues. The real issue is what Peter talked about...
Joel 2:28 quoted: "the last days"
"’In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
By the spirit of God some pretty marvelous things will take place to people.
The sons and daughters will prophesy
Your young men will see visions
Your old men will dream dreams
God’s servants, both men and women, will prophesy
to the world.
There will be wonders in heaven above
Signs on earth
Blood and fire and billows of smoke
Sun turned to darkness/moon to blood
There are two views - neither matters much.
In one view this day started something which has not yet been finished.
In the other view this day started and great things were completed!
in either case we have a world changed dramatically because of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
But most important: Everyone who calls on name of the Lord will be saved!