Are We There Yet?
Pastor Stephen Hayes
Sunday June 4, 2017
Main Idea – Pentecost Sunday is the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit into the life of every believer.
The Beginning of the Local Church
- Acts 2 gives us some of the initial, major events in the first local church body.
- These events took place during the celebration of Pentecost – which was 50 days after the celebration of the Passover. (The number 50 is significant in this case because it represents a transition that is ordered by God.)
- Acts 2: 1-4 – When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The Great Commission Assignment
- Prior to Pentecost, right before Jesus ascended back to Heaven, Jesus had given His followers the Great Commission.
- The Great Commission is stated – in part – in Mark 16: 15-18 - And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
- Those verses identify five signs believers would exhibit as they answered the call of the Great Commission: they would cast out demons, speak in new tongues, pick up serpents and drink poison without being hurt, and would heal the sick.
- Speaking in new tongues is one of the things exhibited in the events of Acts 2.
What Acts 2 tells us about the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit is for everyone
- Acts 2: 2b – “and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” God gives the Holy Spirit to everyone.
- This gift of the Holy Spirit to everyone was prophesied in the Old Testament - Joel 2:28 – And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall dream visions
- The Holy Spirit is unique to everyone
- Acts 2:3 - Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
- Acts 2:5 - And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
- The Holy Spirit interacts with each of us according to our individualized cultures, experiences, and languages.
- Each of us should submit to how the Holy Spirit wants to lead us. God knows exactly what each of us needs, and how we are to use what He gives us.
- The Holy Spirit is the director of everyone
- The Holy Spirit will lead each of us, and will affirm who we really are - and are meant to be. He will lead us, each in our own unique way.
- Acts 2:4 - And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
- John 15: 26-27 – But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
Reflective Questions for Are We There Yet?
- Why is it necessary for us to have – and to use – the Holy Spirit when we work to fulfill the Great Commission?
- How do you know if the Holy Spirit is leading you when you are talking to someone else about Jesus? How do you know if you have spoken about Jesus in a way that might not have been lead by the Holy Spirit?
- Can you give an example of when you have seen the Holy Spirit work through someone else in a way that was different from how He usually works through you?