#ChurchOnMission Series
  • At His ascension, Jesus commissioned his disciples to preach his gospel. That same mission continues today, unbroken and unhindered for almost 2,000 years since. The book of Acts is an encouragement for the church today as Christians contend for the gospel of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. How did the disciples begin executing the biggest mission in the history of the world? The Bible says that while waiting for the Holy Spirit, they devoted themselves to prayer—they talked to God. The apostles led by following Scripture—through it, God responded. Consequently, the early church experienced success—but not without undergoing failure first. What can we learn from what they did? Join us Sunday ACTS #churchonmission.
3. The Moment that started the Mission Pentecost - Acts 2:1-13
  • On the day of Pentecost, God sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in those who placed their trust in Christ.
Sermon Teaching Notes (as compiled by Jack Kornaker)
  • Investigation - What's generally going on in this area of scripture?
In Acts 1:5, Christ promised the disciples that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit “in a few days.” But, the “baptism of the Holy Spirit” is not specifically mentioned in Acts 2. In I Cor. 12:13 it says “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body- whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, -and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” Thus, every believer becomes a member of Christ’s body. In Eph. 1:22,23, it says that God “placed all things under his feet (Christ’s) and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body…”

In Acts 11:15,16- Peter is indicating (defending) his ministry to the Gentiles. v. 15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on those as he had come on us at the beginning.” v. 16 “Then I remembered what the Lord had said; John baptized with water, but you, will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Therefore, this spectacular event described in Acts 2 marks the inauguration or beginning of the “church.”

I. The Descent of the Holy Spirit; 2:1-4
v. 1 The “day of Pentecost” was an annual feast that followed the Feast of Firstfruits by a week of weeks (seven weeks, or 49 days) and therefore also was called the Feast of Weeks. (The Bible Knowledge Commentary) “Pentecost” means 50 because it was the 50th day after the Firstfruits Feast (Lev. 23:16). Just before Christ ascended into heaven, He told the disciples “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised…” (Acts 1:4,5). Ten days after His ascension (50 days after Christ’s resurrection), the promise is here fulfilled.
v. 2 “a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven.” (Audible- something they could hear)
v. 3 “tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them” (visible- something they could see).

3 ministries the Holy Spirit performed on that day:
Baptism of the Holy Spirit- act of God wherein every believer is placed into the body of Christ- which is the church (I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22,23).
Indwelling of the Holy Spirit- work wherein the Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence with every believer (Rom.8:9; I Cor. 6:19).
Filling of the Holy Spirit- work wherein the Holy Spirit controls and empowers believers (Eph. 5:18).

The believers gathered there were baptized by the Holy Spirit. This was the birthday of the church. Today, this “baptism” occurs the moment a person trusts in Christ as their Savior. The Holy Spirit indwelt the believers- took up permanent residence in them.

This also occurs today the moment a person trust in Christ as their Savior. The Holy Spirit “filled” the disciples. This refers to control and empowerment. Today, this varies with our walk with Christ.

v. 4 They “began to speak in other tongues as the spirit enabled them.” Tongues: Greek word “glossa”- word normally used for “language.” God gave the disciples the supernatural ability to spread the gospel quickly throughout the Roman world by enabling them to preach in languages they had never learned.

II. The Dilemma of the People; 2:5-13
v. 5 “God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven” were there in Jerusalem to celebrate the day of Pentecost. It is estimated that up to 200,000 Jews were present.
NOTE where they were from:
v. 9,10 “Parthians, Medes, Elamites, Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, Libya, Cyrene, Rome, Crete, Arabs.
v. 6 “each one heard them speaking in his own language.”
v. 8 “each of us hears them in his own native language.”
v. 11 “We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues.” Isa. 28:11 “Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people,” Those who heart were “in bewilderment” (v 6), “utterly amazed” (v. 7), “amazed and perplexed” (v. 12)