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Acts 2:14–21 NKJV
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. 21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’

1. Pentecost is a shift in the spiritual Norm.

Isaiah 43:19 NKJV
19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
The Church was Born and empowered on the day of Pentecost.
The Church in the west seems to have made itself into a Christian service organization. I mean most Christians think that the church is there to serve them, to a degree it is. we are also here to serve God and the world.
Thinking that our spirituality is ours and ours alone was a Problem For Isreal and is a problem for us today.
when all our blessings are about us we are missing the Point!
when I look at Church for what I get out of it, I am not looking at what I’m putting into it, then I’m missing the Point.
the Fulfillment of Prophecy was part of the preaching of the early Church.
Peter is telling the Inhabitance of Jerusalem, they are witnessing the full fulfillment of Prophecy.
when we have waited Generational for something to happen and it waited we might disconnect from our understanding of what the blessing is for.
Genesis 22:14–19 NKJV
14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” 15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

The Church Has a Parallel Commission

Matthew 28:18–20 NKJV
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
lets not be arrogant

2. The Church is Commissioned for all Flesh.

God’s Spirit Poured Out
Acts 2:17 NKJV
17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.
28 “And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

a. Father God is progressing His plan of redemption from Isreal to the world.

Your old men shall dream dreams,
their are twelve Apostles, one for each tribe.
Your young men shall see visions.
I believe that God intended Isreal to minister to the world.
I know the Church is called to Minister to the world.
the question each Christian has to answers is, “ will I take responsibility for my part in the Mission?”

b. The Holy Spirit is poured out on both genders.

God created both Genders
He created them male and female.
I don’t think He would have created to genders except that He intended for there to be different expressions in ministry.

c. The Holy Spirit Deals with age equally.

1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV
12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Luke 1:18 NKJV
18 And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”
God can do what he wants with your inexperience.
God can do what he wants to do with your retirement.
the question is, will you let God fill you? will you let Him empower you? will you let God use you?

d. God doesn't care about your tax bracket

Acts 2:18 NKJV
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.
God wants to use you to do things for His glory regardless of what it looks like in the natural.
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