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THE POWER OF PENTECOST

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Acts 17:6 KJV 1900
And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

THE POWER OF PENTECOST

Changing Power
A. Our Personalities Change
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV 1900
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
When a person is saved, he experiences a change in attitude, actions, and ambition.
The Heart which is the mind changes.
Ezekiel 36:26 KJV 1900
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Ezek. 36
B. Our Purpose Change
Acts 5:42 KJV 1900
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Acts 5:3
The purpose of the believers’ lives changed from selfishness to service. They went from house to house, serving others.
They didn’t have a desire to be served; they wanted to serve.
Outlines on the Holy Spirit 14. The Power of Pentecost

They didn’t have a desire to be served; they wanted to serve.

C. Our Practices Change
Acts 8:1–3 KJV 1900
And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Acts 8:1-3
Saul the persecutor changed into a preacher. Note that after his conversion “straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God”
Acts 9:20 KJV 1900
And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

CONVERTING POWER

The word convert means “to change”.
A. Conversion form a life of sin.
Acts 2:21 KJV 1900
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Acts 2:2
Some of those who helped crucify Christ were among the 3,000 converted.
B. Conversion from the power of satan.
Acts 19:19 KJV 1900
Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Evil books were destroyed.
God is much more powerful than satan.
1 John 4:4 KJV 1900
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
C. Conversion from a life of slavery.
Men were no longer under the law, but under grace.

CONTINUING POWER

“They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion services and prayer meetings”
Acts 2:42 KJV 1900
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Pentz, C. M. (1978). Outlines on the Holy Spirit (p. 31). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
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