The Message of Pentecost

THE MESSAGE OF PENTECOST

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)        INTRODUCTIONPENTECOST IS THE SECOND GREAT HARVEST FESTIVAL OF THE JEWISH YEAR.  IN O.T.  IT WAS A FESTIBLE WHICH CELEBRATED THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE WHEAT HARVEST WHICH WERE PRESENTED TO GOD (LEV. 23:17).  IN LIKE MANNER PENTECOST SYMBOLIZES FOR THE CHURCH THE BEGINNING GOD’S HARVEST OF SOULS ON EARTH.  WHEN JESUS WAS TAKEN UP INTO HEAVEN, HE BECAME THE FIRST OF THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE SOUL HARVEST OF THE EARTH TO BE OFFERED UP TO GOD.  JESUS SAID “PRAY THAT THE LORD OF THE HARVEST SENDS LABORERS INTO THE HARVEST –THAT BEGAN WITH THE DISCIPLES AND CONTINUES WITH US, BUT HARVESTING IS HARD WORK.   JESUS KNEW HIS DISCIPLES WERE NOT UP TO THE TASK (AND NEITHER ARE WE).

II)       JESUS DID NOT ALLOW HIS DISCIPLES TO BEGIN THEIR PUBLIC MINISTRY UNTIL THEY HAD RECEIVED GIFT FROM THE FATHER, BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT(ACTS 1:4-5)

1)       JOHN’S BAPTISM WAS A BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE BUT  JESUS WOULD BAPTIZE WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND FIRE (MATT 3:11)

2)       WE  SAW LAST WEEK THAT THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT THE SAME AS RECEIVING THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE  HOLY SPIRIT AT SALVATION.

3)       ANY ONE WHO HAS RECEIVED SALVATION HAS RECEIVED THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. (ROM 8:9)

4)       BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT AND RECEIVING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SAME THING.  THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT OCCURS WHEN WE ARE SAVED.

III)    THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME ON THE DAY OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE JEWISH FEAST OF PENTECOST (ACTS 2:1-6)

1)       THERE WAS A SOUND LIKE A MIGHTY RUSHING WIND.

2)       TONGUES LIKE FIRE APPEARED AN SAT UPON EACH OF THEM.

3)       SIGNIFICANCE OF WIND & FIRE: UNSEEN POWER? SANCTIFICATION?

4)       THEY BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES. (THIS HAPPENED AGAIN LATER IN THE BOOK OF ACTS AS WE SHALL SEE LATER

5)       ADDITIONAL TEACHING ON TONGUES & GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT GIVEN IN : 1CORINTHIANS 12:1-11 & CHAPTER 14)

6)       PEOPLE FROM   MANY NATIONS HEARD GOD BEING GLORIFIED IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGES.

7)       THOSE BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT RECEIVED POWER TO BE “HIS WITNESSES” TO CARRY ON THE WORK JESUS   BEGAN.

8)       GOD CONFIRMED HIS WORD AMONG THEM WITH SIGNS, WONDERS & MIRACLES (IN ACT 3 – PETER HEALED THE MAN CRIPPLED FROM BIRTH)

IV)    ACCORDING PETER’S SERMON AFTER PENTECOST, THIS EVENT WAS THE BEGINNING

V)      OF THE FULFILLMENT OF JOEL 2:28-29: ACTS 2:14-18

1)       JOEL PROPHESIED THAT GOD WOULD POUR OUT HIS SPIRIT IN THE LAST DAYS ON BOTH MEN & WOMEN, YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE;  THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS WILL PROPHESY; THEY BE GIVEN  DREAMS & VISIONS

2)       IT WAS NOT JUST FOR THE APOSTLES BUT FOR EVERYONE INCLUDING FUTURE GENERATIONS (ACTS 2:38-39)

3)       NOTE THAT ALL 120 WHO WERE IN THE UPPER ROOM WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, NOT JUST OUR LORD’S DISCIPLES

4)       SAMARAITANS:  ACTS 8:12-18

5)       HOUSE OF CORNELIUS:  ACTS 10:44-46 & 11:15-17

6)       EPHESIAN CHRISTIANS: ACTS 19:1-7

7)       IN THE BOOK OF ACTS “SPEAKING IN TONGUES” AS THE SPIRIT GIVES UTTERANCE IS THE INITIAL OUTWARD SIGN ACCOMPANYING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT; IT IS ALSO NAMED AS ONE OF THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS.

VI)     THE KEY TO BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT IS A RECEPTIVE OBEDIENT HEART

1)       ANALOGY OF LIGHTNING:  BEFORE A BOLT OF LIGHTNING HITS THE GROUND A LEADER (+ CHARGE) WILL COME UP FROM THE GROUND, PROVIDING A PATH FOR THE LIGHTNING BOLT.

2)       RECEPTIVE ATTITUDE OF THE HEART BEGINS WITH REALIZING OUR NEED

3)       UNDERSTANDING THE TREMENDOUS VALUE THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS

4)       WE REALIZE OUR NEED FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH PRAYER, SPENDING TIME IN GOD’S PRESENCE.

5)       IN ACTS THE 120 JOINED TOGETHER IN CONSTANT PRAYER; THEY WERE ALSO IN “ONE ACCORD”; THEY WERE IN UNITY.

6)       THEY WERE IN ONE PLACE PHYSICALLY AND ONE PLACE SPIRITUALLY.

VII)    WHAT A DIFFERENCE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT MAKES

1)       WHEN YOU RECEIVE CHRIST AS SAVIOR & LORD, THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES TO DWELL WITHIN US.  HE BECOMES OUR COUNSELOR & COMFORTER (JOHN 14:15-20; 15:26-16:1).  HE IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH (JN 14:15-20) REVEALING THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD TO US TO SANCTIFY US AND MAKE US HOLY AND SEPARATED ONTO GOD FOR SERVICE

2)       WHEN YOU ARE BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: HE GIVES US POWER TO BE HIS WITNESSES (ACT 1:8) AND WE ARE CANDIDATES TO RECEIVE SPIRITUAL GIFTS (1COR 12:1,7-11)

3)       YOU WILL BECOME VERY SENSITIVE TO GOD’S LEADING AND DIRECTION.

4)       YOU WILL BECOME VERY SENSITIZED TO SIN AND THOSE THINGS WHICH GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.

5)       YOU WILL DESIRE TO SPEND MORE TIME IN PRAYER, WANTING TO BE USED BY GOD AND INVOLVED IN KINGDOM WORK.

6)       YOU WILL BECOME MUCH MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ETERNAL DESTINATION OF LOST AND HURTING PEOPLE.

7)       YOU WILL HAVE A FAR GREATER CAPACITY TO LOVE PEOPLE IN THE WAY THAT GOD LOVES THEM WITHOUT LOOKING FOR ANYTHING IN RETURN.

8)       WHEN YOU ARE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT YOUR LIFE AND WITNESS WILL BEGIN TO AFFECT PEOPLE THAT GOD PUTS IN YOUR PATH, “OUT OF OUR BELLIES WILL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER” (JN 7:38-39);.

VIII)INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECEIVING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

1)       OVERCOMING OUR FEAR – UNDERSTANDING THAT THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD’S GIFT TO EVERY BELIEVER WHO WILL RECEIVE IT BY FAITH.

2)       THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WHO HAS RECEIVED CHRIST AND DESIRES THIS PRECIOUS GIFT: LUKE 11:9-13

3)       TO BE A CANDIDATE TO RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE MUST HAVE ACCEPTED BY FAITH JESUS CHRIST AS OUR LORD & SAVIOR AND TURNED  FROM SIN AND THE WORLD AND  ALL THAT WHICH OFFENDS GOD (ACTS 2:38-40, 8:12-17, 2TIM 2:21)

4)       THIS INVOLVES SURRENDERING OUR WILL TO GOD  (THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVEN TO THOSE WHO OBEY HIM, ACTS 5:32)

5)       WE MUST HAVE A DEEP DESIRE TO BE FILLED AND ASK GOD FOR THIS GIFT (JN 7:37-39, ISA 44:3, MAT 5:6, MAT 6:33)

6)       WE MUST HAVE THE RIGHT MOTIVES:  IN ACTS 8 SIMEON THE SOCEROR WANTED TO PURCHASE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR THE WRONG REASONS AND WAS REBUKED BY PETER.

ENT � OR� � THE SINS OF OUR NATION AND OUR SOCIETY2 Chron 7:15: if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. NIV 

6)    IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THOSE HERE THAT MAY HAVE HAD AN ABORTION AND ARE SUFFERING FROM THE PAIN AND THE GUILT.   GOD LOVES YOU AND GOD FORGIVES YOU, IF YOU ASK HIM.  THERE IS NOTHING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THAT GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE, IF YOU SINCERELY ASK HIM, BUT THERE ARE OFTEN CONSEQUENCES OF THAT REMAIN.   I WOULD YOU TO OBTAIN COUNSELING FROM THOSE SPECIALIZING IN THIS AREA.   MY COUNSEL TO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE CONSIDERING AN ABORTION IS DON’T, NO MATTER HOW DIRE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.  GOD HAS A BETTER WAY; YOU CAN TRUST HIM.

 TODAY WE ARE GOING TO RECEIVE YOUR OFFERING FOR THE PREGNANCY CARE CENTER A LOCAL ORGANIZATION THAT OFFERS REACHES OUT TO YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT AND DESPERATE, OFFERING THEM HELP AND HOPE.  YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GIVE AT LEAST A DOLLAR FOR EACH ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN.  SOME OF YOU CAN DO MORE.    THE PREGNANCY CARE CENTER HAD HUNDREDS OF WOMEN VISIT THEIR CLINIC. MANY OF THESE WOMEN ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR.  MANY BABIES HAVE BEEN BORN UNDER THEIR CARE. THESE BABIES WOULD VERY LIKELY HAVE BEEN ANOTHER ABORTION STATISTIC HAD THEY NOT BEEN THERE TO PROVIDE THIS CARE.  LET US PARTNER WITH THEM IN THIS COMPASSIONATE MINISTRY.

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