Joke about offering: A one dollar bill met a twenty dollar bill and said, "Hey, where've you been? I haven't seen you around here much."
The twenty answered, "I've been hanging out at the casinos, went on a cruise and did the rounds of the ship, back to the United States for a while, went to a couple of baseball games, to the mall, that kind of stuff. How about you?"
The one dollar bill said, "You know, same old stuff ... church, church, church."
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
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. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Jesus fulfilled his promise.
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. Acts 1:8
1. The Holy Spirit was given to promote the gospel.
Jesus never traveled outside a small area, but now it was time for multiplication.
A seed must die so the plant can grow.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? …
They could be understood.
God is a God of order.
Let all things be done for building up. If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. …so that all may learn and all be encouraged… For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:26-27, 33
12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Something happened and people started to interpret it differently.
The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. Proverbs 18:17
In spiritual gifts and also in bringing clarity to events.
Were they drunk or did this mean something real?
2. The Holy Spirit was given for mutual edification.
The critics said they seemed drunk until Peter stepped forward…
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people… [Joel 2:28-32]
Discipleship - Teaching: Peter interprets the OT.
3. Christians are responsible to defend each other.
Don’t be afraid to speak the truth whatever the cost.
A virus that can tell the difference between a church and a protest.
(This will cost more and more as time goes on.)
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
4. True gospel contains both grace AND repentance.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was deeply disappointed by his fellow-Christians’ inability to take a definite stand. They always erred on the side of conceding too much, of trying too hard to ingratiate themselves with their opponents.
The world upon whom grace is thrust as a bargain will grow tired of it, and will not only trample open the Holy, but also will tear apart those who force it on them. For its own sake, for the sake of the sinner, and or the sake of the community, the Holy is to be protected from cheap surrender.
The Gospel is protected by the preaching of repentance which calls sin, sin and declares the sinner guilty. The key to loose is protected by the key to bind. The preaching of grace can only be protected by the preaching of repentance.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit…
41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
response of repentance
5. The results of obedience are in God’s hands.
Peter declared the truth fearlessly. Some believed and some did not.
“…added to their number…”
V.24 and 47
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Worship, Fellowship, & Discipleship
Ministry & Evangelism
The disciples were being a church, signs and wonders were happening, people came out of curiosity, the truth was preached, repentance happened,
and many were added to their number.