09 May 2021 (am) – Acts 2:1-13
|Andy Bruins preaching from Acts on Sunday 9th May 2021.|
Acts chapter 2 records the events of the day of Pentecost. Pentecost was a Jewish feast which marked the beginning of the wheat harvest. People have goes from all over the world to celebrate it, and this is the day when Jesus pours out the Holy Spirit of all of His people.
This was what the disciples had been waiting for; Jesus has clothed them with power so that they could now be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Now the time was right to go and make disciples of all nations.
Q Read v1-4. The disciples are gathered together when Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to them. What are the 3 phenomena that accompany this event?
Q What is strange about the wind and the fire? What do these signs point to? (Have a look at John 3:5-8 and Exodus 3:1-6)
Q Read v5-13. Why do you think Luke goes into so much detail about who is in this crowd, and how does it relate to the third phenomenon – the ability to supernaturally speak languages?
Q What do you think are the reasons for why the crowd is so confused be what they are seeing and hearing? (v12)
Q Take a look at Genesis 11:1-9. Why did God originally confuse the languages of the nations? How does this help you understand the significance of this third sign at Pentecost?
Q How does this passage encourage us in the task of taking the gospel to our friends?