Please read Acts 2:1-12 and use these notes to prepare for Sunday morning worship.
Sermon Focus: Pentecost Power
Key Verse: “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” (Acts 2: 4)
- All the disciples headed to Jerusalem as Jesus instructed. Jesus promised them that the Holy Spirit would be with them reminding of all he taught them. Here, as they gather, something incredible happens, and they are filled with the Holy Spirit.
- Have you ever experienced a moment when you, too, felt filled by the Holy Spirit?
- Has there been a time when you felt a strength greater than your own or a sense of peace that defied your heartache?
Key Verse: “And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, 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 Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” (Acts 2: 8-11)
- This is another moment of God’s deed of power to remain in connection with humanity. God seeks to be in a deep relationship with us that gives us the power to be a blessing in the world. This is Pentecost Power.
- How does it feel to know that God wants to have a deep relationship with you that transforms lives?
Connection for Today:
We celebrate Pentecost as the birth of the church, when the Holy Spirit united hearts and minds around the message and promise of Christ. This power that we receive from the Holy Spirit is one that challenges and encourages us to follow the radical ways of Jesus in the world.