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"The Holy Spirit unites and empowers God's people to light up the world with Christ's love and hope!"

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Introduction
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When the Holy Spirit fell on Jesus’ followers on the Day of Pentecost…the power of God and the awesome display of His presence flowed out into the streets of Jerusalem. People tried to explain it away…they must be drunk. Others were dumbfounded…we hear them praising God in our language. Everything changed that day b/c Jesus kept His promise — His New Covenant promise — to send the Holy Spirit to fill them and empower them to spread the message of life in Him to all the world
People tried to explain it away…they must be drunk
Others were dumbfounded…we hear them praising God in our language
Everything changed that day b/c Jesus kept His promise — His New Covenant promise — to send the Holy Spirit to fill them and empower them to spread the message of life in Him to all the world
What was the first thing that happened as the dust began to settle? Peter got up and preached the message of Christ to the crowd — many were convicted, repented, and followed Christ that day (thousands).
They began immediately to pursue Jesus in every way they could.
Acts 2:41
Acts 2:42–47 NIV
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:41–47 NIV
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
PRAYER
The Holy Spirit unites and empowers God's covenant people to light up the world with Christ's love and hope!
Why is the day of Pentecost so important?
Why is the day of Pentecost so important?
The Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1ff)
Pentecost, in the Jewish culture, was the 50th day after Passover — it was called “firstfruits” or “the feast of the harvest”
For us…it was the first fruit of the promise Jesus gave to the Disciples
Why was the Day of Pentecost so important?
Acts 1:8–9 NIV
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.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
When the Holy Spirit fell that day…what were the results?
The Holy Spirit’s presence created a...

A Learning Church

Exposition
verse 42a, They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching...
School is in Session
Come to HSU - Holy Spirit University
A Mind is a terrible thing to waste
Spirit-Certified Teachers & Life-changing Curriculum
The Apostles’ teaching
They taught what Jesus taught them
Life-Changing Curriculum
The Holy Spirit enabled them to teach powerfully
Spirit-Certified Teachers
Important truth to
Application
Application
REMEMBER THIS:
A Learning church is an equipped church
Application
Ephesians 4:11–12 NIV
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
Ephesians
The Holy Spirit leads and empowers the people of God to apply the written Word of God…PRACTICAL & POWERFUL!
The Holy Spirit leads and empowers the people of God to apply the written Word of God
The Holy Spirit’s presence created a...

A Loving Church

Exposition:
…and to fellowship (2:42b)
Fellowship: from the Greek word Koinonia (from koinos, ‘common’)
The new followers of Christ discovered they shared life in common…in a couple main ways
We Share God
Together, in common…koinonia
Breaking of bread — the Lord’s Supper
We Share Ourselves and What We Possess
Together…in common…koinonia
They sold property in order to help the needy in their church family
REMEMBER
A loving church is a sharing church
Love God, Love People, Share Hope
Transitional: The Holy Spirit’s presence created a...
Transitional: The Holy Spirit’s presence created a...
Transitional: The Holy Spirit’s presence created a...

A Worshiping Church

Exposition:
Their fellowship and love was expressed through how they cared for one another but not only that. It was expressed as they worshipped and praised God together.
People tried to explain it away…they must be drunk
They demonstrated a balance that we need to have also. Their worship was both formal and informal
Others were dumbfounded…we hear them praising God in our language
Worship is both formal and informal
Everything changed that day b/c Jesus kept His promise — His New Covenant promise — to send the Holy Spirit to fill them and empower them to spread the message of life in Him to all the world
They met together in the Temple courts and in their homes
Temple Courts...
What was the first thing that happened as the dust began to settle? Peter got up and preached the message of Christ to the crowd — many were convicted, repented, and followed Christ that day (thousands).
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes (2:46a)
As followers of Christ and His new covenant of grace, why do you supposed they still met in the Temple Courts?
I don’t think they participated in the sacrifices any longer…Jesus was their final sacrifice
But they were still Jewish…they still worshipped the same God. The Temple conducted prayer services - so they went to pray
And, as they grew in the knowledge of the message of Christ, they probably preached in the outer courts of the Temple
At that point…that was the place they had for formal, reverent worship
In their homes...
Informal, spontaneous meetings
Including the breaking of bread (46) —
Comfortable — family type gatherings — with their new faith in Christ as the central them of their connection
They were a covenant community…a covenant church…united under the banner of the Messiah!
We need the corporate, more intentional times of worship together in God’s house
Communion, Worship, Preaching of the Word, Challenge of commitment, etc.
We also need the times of fellowship and celebration in each other’s homes and/or as we gather her for times of food, fellowship and celebration
…in a worshipping church we have worship that is both...
Worship is both joyful and reverent
…and at together with glad and sincere hearts (2:46b)
The NEB translates it as “with unaffected joy”
God sent Jesus to save them and now filled them with His Holy Spirit to empower them — they had much reason for joy
Every worship gathering should be a joyful event because of the wonderful things God has given us through Jesus Christ.
It is right in public worship to be dignified; it is unforgivable to be dull
Balance — both joyful and reverent
…everyone was filled with awe at the many signs and wonders performed by the apostles (2:42)
All the people were filled with awe…those new believers and the community around that witnessed the power of God and the message of Christ
God was obviously moving in the midst of their community…I don’t think anyone could miss it, whether they were followers of Christ or not.
In reverence and awe…they bowed in His presence in humility and wonder
REMEMBER
As we gather in worship, there is room for both reverent worship and exuberant rejoicing…celebration
Everyone that knows Christ should, without question, be involved in worship and celebration
Everyone that knows Christ should, without question, be involved in worship and celebration
Those that do not yet know Christ should feel His presence when they are among His people.
Transitional: The Holy Spirit’s presence created a...
…praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people (2:47a)
Transitional: The Holy Spirit’s presence created a...
Transitional: The Holy Spirit’s presence created a...

A Contagious Church

Exposition:
The author of Acts (Luke) records clearly that the people were devoted to study, fellowship, and worship.
A New Covenant church is an equipped church
Spirit-filled and empowered
Devoted to growth and maturity in Christ
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship and to the breaking of bread and to prayer (2:42)
These are interior activities in the life of the church. But we cannot stop at verse 42
An equipped church is a contagious church
And the Lord added to their numbers daily those who were being saved (2:47b)
The Jerusalem believers were not so pre-occupied with learning, fellow shipping and worshipping that they neglected witnessing to their community about the wonderful love and power of Christ.
Acts is governed by one dominant, overriding and all-controlling motif. This motif is the expansion of the faith through missionary witness in the power of the Spirit…Restlessly the Spirit drives the church to witness, and continually churches rise out of the witness. The church is a missionary church — Harry Boer
CONCLUSION
The Holy Spirit unites and empowers God's covenant community to light up the world with Christ's love and hope!
What are the defining characteristics of the church?
We are a covenant community under Christ
He made it possible…He kept the covenant to make a way for all mankind to be saved, through one Savior, one Lamb of God slain for our sins, One risen Lord, and through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit --- Pentecost
A Spirit-empowered church revolves around relationships
Relationship with the Apostles’ teaching
The early church was devoted to Apostles’ teaching
They were eager to learn and to grow — they were equipped because of the message of Christ as taught by the Apostles
Relationship with each other (fellowship)
This was a non-negotiable priority
Fellowship, mutual care and concern
Helped those in need among them
Loving, caring, sharing
Relationship with God (Worship)
In the Temple
In Homes
During the Lord’s Supper
In prayer
With joy and reverence
Relationship with the world (Outreach)
It was not a self-centered, self-contained, or self-absorbed church — a church that fits that description is not filled or being led by the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a missionary spirit — A Spirit-filled church is a missionary church!
CHALLENGE
Do you consider yourself a member of Christ’s church?
How do you know?
John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Christ’s church is made of of people that are devoted to
The truth
Study, learn, grow, and act upon it
It is a corporate activity (as well as personal)
One another — showing true love and care
To God — as a people that love worshipping together in His name
To the World — God is not willing that any should perish
Love God, Love People, Share Hope
Who is ready to make a fresh commitment to Christ today?
A fresh commitment to learning, loving, worship, and reaching out to those that need Jesus?
It’s a deadly and dangerous world out there without the hope that can only come from Jesus — the only one that can rescue the lost and hopeless.
If not us, then who? In not now, then when?
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