May 9/Acts 2

When our son Jeremy was born at St. Francis Hospital in Breckenridge, MN, the nurse turned to me, because I was in the room, and said, “Congratulations Dan you have a son!” In this chapter of Acts someone could have said to Father God, “Congratulations Father you have a church!”. In this chapter the Church is born!

Verse 1 > Pentecost was a celebration. Taking place in the early spring, fifty days after Passover, it celebrated the completion of the winter harvest.
Pentecost was a commemoration. As outlined in Leviticus 23, the Jews were to bring two loaves of bread as an offering representing the two stone tablets on which the Law was written.
Pentecost was an illustration. Three thousand people died the day the law was given (Exodus 32:28). But on the day the Spirit was given, three thousand were saved (Acts 2:41). Thus, the two loaves commemorating the tablets of stone came to illustrate Jew and Gentile coming together in one new organization called the church. Unlike most other sacrifices, these loaves had leaven in them, a picture of the sin that would exist in a church made up of sinners saved by grace.

Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (p. 621). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
Verses 2-3 > The church was born sort of like the a baby is born. Suddenly things happened as with a pregnant mother suddenly without much warning the contractions begin! Also you notice the sound came before the visual. When a person is born again they respond to the sound of the word of God and then they experience the birth within. In Christianity faith comes by hearing the word of God! Many people say let me see and I’ll believe but God says, “Believe and then you will see.” > example: water to wine.

Verses 4-12 > God is so cool. How do you tell a city full of people who all speak different languages about the good news that Jesus saves? You just baptize your disciples in the Holy Spirit who knows all languages even the language of heaven, and you have your disciples speak in their language! Nothing is too difficult for God. Today when we ask to be baptized in the Holy Spirit he comes on us to empower us to be bold witnesses immediately to those around us and he give us a heavenly language so we can praise more wonderfully(I run out of words in English) pray more precisely and effectively(I don’t always know what to pray) and build ourselves up in our faith(I need to be energized a lot). Wow how cool is that!

Romans 8:26 (NIV) — 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Jude 20 (NIV) — 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,

1 Corinthians 14:4 (NLT) — 4 A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.

Tongues at first may sound like baby talk but hey we are talking about being ‘born again’ right:)

Verse 13 > When you don’t want believe in God or don’t want to speak in tongues any old excuse will do.
Verse 14 > Before Peter was baptised with the Holy Spirit he was stepping backward and denying Jesus. Now he is stepping forward and speaking for Jesus!
Verse 21 > I love this verse because I am one of the ‘everyone’ and so are you. No one is excluded! it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done if you call on the name of Jesus you will be saved or keeping with our ‘birth theme’ born again.
Verse 22 > God will endorse us with the same power if we would but believe. Remember it is believe and you will see.
Verse 24 > death couldn’t keep Jesus in its grip and it won’t keep us in its grip either!

Verses 25-36 > Because of what is written in these verses we also can rejoice like King David in verses 25-28 >

   ‘I see that the LORD is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
26       No wonder my heart is glad,
and my tongue shouts his praises!
My body rests in hope.
27       For you will not leave my soul among the dead
or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
28       You have shown me the way of life,
and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.
Verses 37-39 > When someone asks, “What does God want me to do?” The answer is the same as it was back then.
Verse 40 > I guess Peter set the example for us preachers > he preached for a long time! Someone told my dad one time that he was a “long winded” preacher; to which my dad responded, “I may be long but I am never winded!”
Verses 42-47 > My little granddaughter Vesper is at that age where she wants to help with everything. If you ask her to put something in the garbage she will do it or carry a lite bag of groceries or push the grocery cart or help make a salad or pick up twigs in the yard or give someone a hug or say please and thank you etc. Look at the new born church so eager to help. So eager to please. So eager to stay close to Jesus. So eager to feed on the word. So eager to share. Oh that we would imitate the ‘newborns’. Perhaps Hilltop we could be known as the Church of the Newborns!
Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    With the inclusion of the Holy Spirit the disciples received power to convert others to Jesus. He gave them scriptures to present and youngest to communicate.