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The Power of Pentecost

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The Power of Pentecost
Pentecost not only changed the church world, but the secular world as well. Within thirty-two years after Pentecost, most of the then-known world had heard about Christ. The people of that time had no printing presses, church literature, church buildings, or automobiles to help spread the gospel. Nevertheless, the Spirit filled the believers and gave them ambition and determination to do God’s work. We can have the same power today.

I. CHANGING POWER

A. Personalities changed—. When a person is saved, he experiences a change in attitude, actions, and ambition. His heart and personality are changed ().

B. Purpose changed. 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.

C. Practices changed—; . 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” ().

II. COMPASSIONATE POWER

See Paul’s compassion in . Compassion is more than love; it is love in action.

A. Compassion grows—. Paul shed tears for three years.

B. Compassion groans—. The Spirit prays in us.

C. Compassion gives—. Paul was ready to give his life for the cause of Christ.

D. Compassion goes—. Obeying Christ’s command to tell others the good news.

III. CONVERTING POWER

To convert means “to change.”

A. Conversion from a life of sin—. Some of those who helped crucify Christ were among the 3,000 converted.

B. Conversion from the power of Satan—. Evil books were destroyed. God is much more powerful than Satan ().

C. Conversion from a life of slavery—. Men were no longer under the law, but under grace.

IV. CONTINUING POWER

“They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion services and prayer meetings” (, LB).
What did the apostles teach?

A. Salvation—; . Christ is the one true way of salvation.

B. Surrender—. Paul was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.

C. Suffering—. The believers were happy to suffer for the sake of the gospel.

D. Sacrifice—. Judas and Silas endangered their lives for the sake of the gospel.

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