July 15 - Power for Missions (Acts 2:1-13)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Levi Regalado will continue teaching Encounters with Christ in the youth room. This study considers the interactions that Jesus has with different individuals throughout the four gospels.
Nik Lingle and Phillip Taylor will continue teaching through the book of Revelation in the Adult 1 classroom.
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Last week, in chapter 1, we saw that the mission of church was to be witnesses of Jesus to the world. The message of this witness is the gospel, the good news that God, who is full of mercy and holiness has provided a Savior/Messiah to rescue sinners and forgive rebels. Yet this call to witness to the ends of the earth had to be daunting. In their day, they faced paganism, the military might of the Roman army, illiteracy, poverty and no resources. Yet they went and people believed, the church grew. How did it happen? What changed these men? The answer is in chapter 2. Do you remember Jesus had promised that they would receive power to be his witnesses to the ends of the world? Acts 1:8: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth". The promise is fulfilled. God’s Spirit descends, like the Son, but this time not in flesh to dwell among us but in power to dwell in us. This unique event singularly turned the world upside down unleashing the church. It was an event that, while it will never to be repeated, impacts us still to this day as the Spirit draws men and women to the gospel and fills them for his purposes in this world.
Review and Apply
What makes the coming of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost significant?
How did the coming of the Spirit, manifested with wind, fire and language prove a new day had dawned?
How does the Spirit coming prove Jesus is now exalted? What does his exaltation mean to you as you look at work, family, money and relationships this week?
How is one filled with the Spirit today?
In what ways were you faithful as a witness of Jesus this week? In what ways did you falter and why?