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Jul 2013

The Birth of the Church

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Act 5 | Spreading the News of the King

This sermon on “The Birth of the Church” from The Drama of Redemption was preached by Raymond Goodlett at Redemption Hill Church on Sunday, July 14, 2013.

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Acts 2

The Birth of the Church

Acts 2

They say that knowledge is power, but that’s not always true. It’s one thing to know what you are supposed to do and quite another thing to have the power to do it.  Jesus gave instruction to the disciples in the form of the “Great Commission”, after He was raised from the dead, however, they were not yet able to execute the command.  They knew what they were supposed to do, but knowledge of what they ought to do wasn’t enough.  Jesus commands them to wait to be imbued from on high with the power that they would need to carry out their task.

Acts 2:1-14 “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.

The apostle Peter now will answer one question with his Pentecost sermon which is “what does the miracle of Pentacost really mean”?  The question and following answers apply to those of that day and those in the current age.

Jesus Has Been Exalted to the Highest Seat of Power in the Universe

Read Acts 2:14-41

 There is No Substitute for the Power of the Holy Spirit if We Want to be Effective Witnesses of Jesus Christ 

The Bible’s description of the early disciples prior to the day of Pentecost paints a picture of people who were for all intents and purposes seemingly without lack in their spiritual preparedness:

1. They had the best Bible teaching available to mankind. – Luke 24:44-45 “  Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,”

2. They worshiped Jesus together with great joy. – Luke 24:52 “And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,”

3. They were continually in the Temple blessing God. – Luke 24:53 “and were continually in the temple blessing God.”

4. They were in unity, devoting themselves to prayer. – Acts 1:14 “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”

Were such a group of people described today they would typically be viewed as having all the makings and markings of a viable church.  However, Jesus says that they must wait until they are clothed with a special power before they are to proceed. Luke 24:49 “And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Application

The point here is simple, we are not better than the disciples of old and we still need that special power today. It is true that we are all baptized with the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ when we receive and confess Jesus as Lord.   1 Corinthians 12:12-13 “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”  Yet, even those who were baptized with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost still understood their need to be filled with the Holy Spirit in subsequent moments for continued boldness as Jesus’ witnesses.

Acts 2:1-4 “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 4:29-31 “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”

Today, we need that same power to speak with continued boldness as witnesses and testifiers to the person and work of Jesus Christ.

“I Saw One Hanging On a Tree”

In agony and blood, Who fixed His languid eyes on me, As near His cross I stood.

O, can it be, upon a tree, The Savior died for me? My soul is thrilled, my heart is filled, To think He died for me!

Sure, never to my latest breath, Can I forget that look; It seemed to charge me with His death, Though not a word He spoke.

My conscience felt and owned the guilt, And plunged me in despair, I saw my sins His blood had spilt, And helped to nail Him there.

A second look He gave, which said, “I freely all forgive; This blood is for thy ransom paid; I die that thou mayst live.”

John Newton

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