What is the difference between the church and any other organization or organized religion? We believe that unique mark is the person and presence of the Holy Spirit who makes Jesus known. Acts 2:1-41 reveals the Spirit’s long-awaited arrival in a dramatic narrative form. Here, we explore the arrival of the Spirit, the explanation about the Spirit, and the appropriate response to the Spirit.
We are if you’re just joining us, we are journey through the book of Acts, we are taking our time going through the entire book, learning what we can about the life and movement of the early church and asking God to help us align ourselves with what we see in Scripture. And we are going to cover a lot of texts today, as we say, often around here, we’re really going to bring out the book, this is a long passage, we’re going to be an ax to see it’s gonna be on page 1115, somewhere around there. Hopefully, that’s right. If not, you have a table of contents at the front of your Bible, you can use that to get there if you don’t know how to if you don’t know where it is. So we’re gonna be an ax two. And this is the one of the most controversial texts in the entire Bible. And it’s just interesting that this is the most controversial text the entire Bible, because this is one of the most monumental moments in the history of the church. So I want to preface it with a couple things. I am fully aware there are probably various perspectives in the room, on what’s taking place in Acts to what’s taking place with the Holy Spirit and his role in our life. I’m fully aware of that. For some of us, some of us are coming from church backgrounds, where if you walk into a church, and no one’s lifting their hands, you say the spirit must not be here. And then some of us are coming from churches where if you tap your foot, you’re considered a Pentecostal. There are various perspectives. And my hope this morning is that we can simply as a church, refocus our attention on the scriptures, be okay with some complexity and ambiguity, and allow the spirit to speak to us. And where is the Spirit speaking to us from well through His Word this morning. And so I recognize that there’s various perspectives, and we’re talking about the topic of being filled with the Spirit primarily. And that word already has some of you going, Oh, gosh, it’s a it’s got a lot of baggage. The Book of Acts, one of the primary themes of the book of Acts, and Luke is the coming and the filling of the Holy Spirit, you cannot read the book of Acts and miss this phrase, the filling of the Spirit. And so today, I’m not going to say everything that you would probably like me to say about filling of the Spirit. And the reason being is because we’re going to have about 15 more times to talk about the filling of the Holy Spirit and new wants it out as we walk through the book of Acts. And so if I say so if I if I miss something that you’re like, Oh, I wish you would have said that, come back. Come back. I promised you at the beginning of the series that we’re going to cover text that will make us those of us who may be more cautious towards the Holy Spirit a little uncomfortable. And those of us who are completely like, yeah, maybe a little more uncomfortable as well. And so I’m excited about going through this text. So take a deep breath, we’re going to read 41 verses, and then we’re going to pray and move into what God has for us this morning.
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 of fire appear 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 of every nation under heaven. And that the 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 galleons. And how is it that we hear each of us in his own native languages, or themes and means and elements and residents of Mesopotamia, today acaba de CO, Pontus and Asia for IZ pedophilia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya belonging to syringae, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and prostitutes, cretins 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’re just filled with new wine. But Peter, standing with the 11 lifted up his voice and address them, men of Judah and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give ear to my words, for these people are not drunk as you suppose since it’s only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel, hundreds of years before Jesus in the spirit even arrived. And in the last days it shall be God declares that I will pour out my Spirit on all somebody say all all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams. Even though my mill servants and my female servants in those days I will pour out my spirit they shall prophesied and I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below. blood and fire and vapor smoke, the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the day of the Lord comes that great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone say everyone, everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Men of Israel hear these words Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst. As you yourselves know, this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised Him up loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David concerning him, says, I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoice my flesh also will dwell and hope for you will not abandon my soul to Hades I will let your holy one that’s talking about Jesus, your holy one, see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life, you will make me full and gladness with your presence. Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried in his tomb is still with us to this day, being there for a profit and knowing that God has sworn with an oath to him that he would not set one of his descendants on his throne, that he would set one of his descendants on his throne. he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of Christ, that He was not abandoned the Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption, this Jesus God raised up and that and of that all we are witnesses, being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself said, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool. Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus, whom you crucified. Now, when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter, and the rest of the apostles, brothers, what shall we do? And Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, for the promise is for you, and for your children, and for all who are far off everyone whom the Lord God calls to himself, and with many other words, he bore witness and continue to exhort them saying, save yourself from this crooked generation. So those who received his word were baptized. And there were added that day about 3000
Father, we humbly position ourselves before your word, asking for your Holy Spirit to speak into our lives, not only to speak, but to invade our lives this
God, we asked for wisdom,
and the presence of the Holy Spirit to be made known to each of us.
Help us experience you, in
a fresh way. With your profit have backup. We look back at things that you’ve done and ask you to do it again.
Be with us in Jesus name, amen.
What makes the church different than any other organization?
What makes the church different than any other religious gathering? There are plenty of people who gather around this person of Jesus, but don’t represent really a Biblical church, there are plenty of unorthodox offshoots of Christianity that say, yeah, Jesus is important.
What makes us unique and distinct.
there is a place that startup in London, called the Sunday assembly
actually is called Sunday assembly.
And every week, they gather, every week, they hear a teacher hear a talk, they celebrate life together, they have ways for you to plug in, they have ways for you to give. They have ways for you to be involved in their community. They have ways for you to participate as a volunteer on Sundays.
What is that?
It’s about to get real charismatic in here.
Shut the door.
This Sunday assembly that gathers
they have everything that you would expect to see you in a typical church gathering. In fact, I’m going to show a picture of their website. This group called the Sunday assembly, you can go there, welcome to the London community finding assembly near you, they have 40 locations across the globe. They started out in 2013. You can give you can see their events, everything looks good. They even have our vision, our mission, they have a statement, they have beliefs. The unique thing about Sunday assembly, however, is that it is a church but a church for atheists. There is aesthetically speaking externally from the outside looking in no visible difference, except for their beliefs, which is ironic is on their beliefs page. They say we don’t have a doctrine, and then they list a couple of things that they believe that’s a doctrine, folks. So
you can go you can go to these places all across the world.
What’s the difference?
Well, the answer, according to the text is the present power and reality and activity of the Holy Spirit among God’s people. If the Holy Spirit is not here, we should shut the doors. We have nothing to offer this world apart from the empowerment and enablement of the Holy Spirit. Nothing. And for some of us, whose idea of Holy Spirit makes us very uncomfortable, again, because some of us have grown up in churches that were Father, Son, and Holy Scripture. And then some of us come from backgrounds where things are rather chaotic. I’ll tell you a bit more about my experience here in just a second. But one thing that AW Tozer said writing in the 50s and 60s, he said this. Those are said, if the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95% of what we do, but go on, and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament Church, 95% of what they did, would stop and everybody would know the difference. The power in the presence of the Holy Spirit. So we have to ask ourselves again, what is the what is this difference for us? We believe that God is trying his Father, Son, and spirit that the Spirit is God within us, among us around us, empowering us, enabling filling us gifting us for the mission and purposes of God. And some of us man, we we really struggle with this. So my hope today is that we can kind of take a breath, step back, let scripture be scripture, let the Spirit be of the Spirit, and figure out how we can embody this text at the table. And so we’re going to move through this we’re going to make sense of this text in three ways. We’re going to talk about the arrival of the Spirit, we’re going to talk about the explanation about the spirit and the response to the spirit. This text is way too long to go verse by verse, and it’s a narrative. So it’s meant to be taught a little bit differently than that. So let’s go ahead and dive in. The opening part says when Pentecost arrived, that’s a unique word arrived, this is this is telling you that somebody has been waiting for something. This arrival has been long awaited, long expected by the people of God. And that’s why Peter uses the Old Testament, he quotes for Old Testament Scriptures, showing us the unfolding story of God. As he explains the text, we’ll get to that in a second. But from the beginning, you turn to Genesis one, one Spirit of God is there hovering over creation, overseeing it, he is the breath that goes into Adam, he is there from the beginning, empowering and enabling and creating and sustaining life. Something happens though called the fall I prefer to call the undoing. But this idea that something has been disrupted our relationship with God has now been separated. And so in the Old Testament, what you see is this picture of the Holy Spirit, coming and resting on primarily profits, priests, Kings, and other people who desire to follow God, but primarily prophets, priests and kings, that’s important, the Holy Spirit would come upon them, they would empower them, to do the work of God to proclaim the Word of God and the Spirit would, would be withdrawn. But all throughout the Old Testament, what you find is God is getting closer and closer and closer to the heart of fallen humanity and restoration. And then with Jesus, God got real close, he got right beside us. And Jesus said, it’s good for me to go so that the Holy Spirit can come even closer within us. So with the Holy Spirit, God is as close as he can possibly get within us. So this narrative of the Bible of God getting closer to reconcile the people, this is the fulfillment, this is what arrived,
that day had arrived.
prophets, priests and kings. Well, we know that Jesus is the true prophet, the true priest, and the true king. What that means is that the Spirit just simply rest upon him, in him, empowering him for his life and ministry and wrote God raised Him from the dead.
And when he is sent to his throne, he released
to be with all of those who would follow him all those who would call upon Jesus and be saved. This day had arrived. And at the Pentecost, during this Feast of Pentecost, this is one of the great feasts of the Jewish people. This was what was also known as the feast of harvest, they would come and they would celebrate by giving their first fruits of their harvest to God is an act of worship and an act of Thanksgiving, about a million people, a million Jews from across the nation’s would come and gather on this day. And this tells you something about God, he’s very strategic about when and how he chooses to move. So he chose the day of Pentecost, the Jewish festival of thanksgiving and worship, to show up, they were coming, thinking that were there for a ritual for religion, they left with an empowered relationship, something happened. But not only are we supposed to think of the awesome feast, but we’re also supposed to think about the covenant in Exodus that God makes on Mount Sinai with Moses, if you haven’t read it, go back and read Exodus 19, through 23, and kind of take a look at some of those things. But well, but the Jews celebrated the renewing of the covenant amounts tonight on this day. And what happened, what happened on that day when Moses goes up to the mountain, and he comes down with the law, which was, actually we need to understand the law know in terms of the ways of life, the paths of life, they weren’t just simply rules to simply be obeyed. They were the framework, the boundaries that were meant to lead with a lasting relationship with God and with each other. And so Moses comes down, he goes up, and he comes down with the ways of life. And we’re supposed to think about Jesus, he has gone up, and he got us come back down with the ways of life not written on a stone this time, but written on our hearts. According to Jeremiah 3133, this is what happens. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days declares the Lord, I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts, and that will be their God and they will be my people. Hundreds of years, this was prophesied This was foretold that the day arrived. And I love what it says. It says suddenly,
this word catches my attention, because it shows us that we can not fabricate program or plan
the Holy Spirit’s work.
There was no amount of fog machines, lights, or anything that can Usher him into the room. There was no building that is nice enough to facilitate the Holy Spirit’s work, he comes suddenly,
though he was expected, he came quite unexpectedly,
we have to remember that we are in we are on his mission. He’s not on. And he comes in he comes like a rushing wind. And tongues as a fire appear above all these individuals. And these are, these are important images, because what we find is that in the Old Testament, if you look at the Mount Sinai moment where they received the law, and you follow the Old Testament, you see this a lot. Anytime God invades, not in not every time but a lot of times when God invades these types of things happen, the noise, it’s not a wind, it’s like a wind. It’s this noise, like a wind, and flames.
were meant to think about the Old Testament.
Moses Scott appeared to Moses in a burning bush. God led the corporate people of God through the wilderness five pillar of fire, that pillar of fire is not just leading a group, now a pillar of fire is leading individuals, the tongue of fire came on every single one of them. Meaning that we are all have access God, we can all be empowered by God. These are similar and sort of descriptions that we see in the Old Testament. These are an unmistakable mark of God’s presence.
it doesn’t always have to be that way.
With Keep in mind, that part of what X is doing, what Luke is doing is describing things. He’s not prescribing a lot of things. He’s showing us what can happen, not what must always happen. And this is where some of my my charismatic friends, and I was saved in this context, we try to facilitate so much the presence of God, we put so much energy into it expecting mountaintop moments all the time.
And when we don’t get them we were
You see, there’s a passage in Kings, where Elijah, a prophet of God is depressed,
asks to die. And it’s fun,
so lonely, is on this mountain, wanting God to move and this is God came with a loud noise are but
Lord was actually not in the wind,
and then an earthquake. Well, the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake, and then flames. Lord wasn’t in the flames. How did God invade that moment
for Elijah, sister a whisper?
So for those of us who say, it’s always got to be like this, we have a very hard case, scripture, the filling the coming of God, and come justice powerfully in subtle ways as an external ways.
They were all filled with the Spirit.
I’ve been asked this a couple times, are we a spirit filled church?
Are we a spirit filled church? And my answer is like, I hope so. I think so. Yeah.
And they’ll come in the back.
I don’t know. I don’t know if you’re a spirit filled church. Because sometimes, again, we think a spirit filled SM, the external manifestation now would love to see our church get passionate about worship, I would love that. That’s good news.
But that’s a very narrow definition of the filling of the Spirit.
Are we a spirit filled church, I was saved in a Pentecostal context. And I was taught that the external manifestation of things like tongues, lining in the spirit, some a lot, a lot of these other things, that was the mark of a spirit filled church. That would, that’s what I was taught early on. And then when I realized that I didn’t adequately see that in Scripture, I moved away on the complete opposite end. And then I went to a church that did not want to practice anything of the Holy Spirit or intentionally said anything in the spirit. So I’ve been on both sides of the, give me everything you got. And then I don’t want anything up. I’ve been I’ve been on both sides. Over the years, I’ve kind of come back to this middle space. And what what I’m okay with this complexity is that to be filled with the Spirit, cannot be so narrowly defined, because in this text of filling of the Spirit results in the speaking of tongues, and we’ll cover that in a second. Later on in the book of Acts. However, filling of the Spirit results in boldness, it results in prayer, it results in wisdom, it results in words, it results in peace, it results in strength, being filled with the Spirit doesn’t mean things get better. In fact, all of the disciples would end up giving their lives. So just because we are filled with the Spirit doesn’t mean things get easier. In fact, the filling of the Spirit cannot be so narrowly defined. What does it mean? I think it means to be empty of ourselves and openly and intentionally leaving out the sovereign influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Broadly, that’s what it means is to be completely surrendered to God in His Spirit and letting him have his way, whatever that looks like. Whatever that looks like. In fact, one author, his name is Yang, Yang tan, and Douglas Greg, they talk about this, they say the spirit filled life is the Christ directed life by which Jesus lives his life. And then through us in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised his followers that they would have powerful, loving, abundant and fruitful lives as a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit. That’s one way to describe it. One Greek dictionary, we have to understand the word fill, it literally means to pervade with influence, and to, to completely be filled of what was formerly deficient. When we are filled with the Spirit, we need to be empty of ourselves. And the power of God that comes from being filled with the Spirit takes way it takes various ways. It’s the power to speak in tongues, when God so ordained that to be the case, it’s the power. It is the power to communicate God’s word in a very difficult situation. It is the power to be quiet,
When words aren’t wise.
But also the power speak, when silence is harmful.
We think of power as just externally explosive. Some of the most powerful things come from our self control, resisting, and that’s part of being filled with the Spirit to
now, Romans eight nine through 11
says that if we follow Jesus, we have the Spirit dwelling within us. So if you’re asking the question, what do I have the Holy Spirit? The question is, do you follow Jesus? He said, Yeah, I follow Jesus, you have the spirit. It happens once and for all takes a permanent residence in our heart, we have the spirit. But just because we have, the Spirit does not mean we are experiencing his power on a daily basis. Because there’s a cooperation that happens on our walk with Jesus as we walk in surrender, to listen to the spirit daily. So I’ll ask you this question. Does your life does my life have to ask myself this question? Does it reflect somebody who was filled with the Spirit?
What’s the difference?
In my life?
Is there a difference in the way I try to handle my money? Is there a difference in the way that I try to handle my anger? Is there a difference in the way that I try to handle my alcohol? Is there a difference in the way that I tried to relate to people
being filled with the Spirit. So this is what the arrival is happening, or what’s happening with the arrival. And so it begins to speak about other tongues. And this is the part where everybody gets kind of,
let’s say 98% of scholars agree that this these terms that are being spoken are known worldly languages, right here, right here.
We’re gonna have some fun, we get later NX.
These seem to be worldly known languages. Think about it, you have all these nations coming together, all these Jewish people, they speak different dialects, different languages, and all of a sudden, they’re all understanding a unified language, something is happening here. And again, this is a possibility of the power of the Holy Spirit invading your life. These were known languages in a unified way, the spirit, notice is the one doing it. I have some charismatic friends who have attended colleges that try to teach you the gift of tongues. This one and the other form, the more know what we known as heavenly languages. And we’ll talk about that later. You can’t teach this. This is the Holy Spirit’s work. This is not our work, we can’t conjure this up. It cannot be fabricated cannot be planned, it cannot be programmed.
Once want you to see the core correlation here.
When we return, when we interpret scripture, we look for redemptive, theological themes. That’s a weird phrase, but hang with me. In Genesis chapter 11,
something called the Tower of Babel happens.
And basically what happens is you have this group of people, they’re all unified, they’re all speaking the same language. They’re all unified. They’re all together. But they’re together and pride, they’re unified around their pride. So they try to erect a building up to God. And it wasn’t that they could ever get there. It’s that they wanted to dethrone God, basically, they wanted to make themselves equal to God. So they build this tower out of their pride trying to get up to God. And what does God do, he destroys it changes their languages and scatters them.
acts to the reversal of Babel.
Here you have the nations coming together,
maintaining their distinct languages, but they are now unified, or they are now unified in prayer not unite pride and pride. Notice the way they position themselves before this happens, they are unified in prayer and humility. They’re not seeking to get up to God, they’re seeking God to come down. That’s the posture in position of humility, we need to see, in part in part this as a reversal of God’s of a reversal of God’s scattering of people just as much as we should see the law, their new covenant in this text
that shows us the redemptive nature of the Spirit of God.
The survivalist uprising, they say, Galilean, look at these galleons. These are the folks who shouldn’t know how to do this. These are the guys who are back country, they don’t have good, they don’t have good English, they kind of have an accent probably like me, maybe a little redneck. These are not the people you would expect to have this to happen. But it does, it comes through them. And what I love about this is people are skeptical people are perplexed people confuse but they’re not indifferent. As a church, we can not be indifferent about the Spirit of God. You may be skeptical, let’s talk about that. You may be confused, let’s talk about that. But the Holy Spirit we cannot be a church that’s indifferent about the Holy Spirit. That’s the first thing. The second thing is that I love that the experience comes before the explanation. Our mindset in America is that we need to understand everything before we do something. And that came out of the Enlightenment, we are lingering with the with the post enlightenment, sense of analytical thinking all the time. And I’m for that in a lot of ways. But when it comes to the Spirit of God, Peter didn’t sit down and go, Okay, here’s exactly what’s going to happen. And here’s how it’s going to happen. No, they experienced the Holy Spirit. And then it was explained, this is encouraging to me, because it means that you don’t have to understand the spirit to be able to experience the spirit. If you have questions, join the club, the people experiencing it in the text, even say, what does this mean? But Peter stands up and gives the extra nation about the spirit. What does this mean? And he again, he uses for Old Testament passages to show that this arrival has been long waited. And he eludes this passage in Joel that talks about this, they will they will all have the Spirit be poured out on them, there will be prophecy and visions and dreams. And all of these things are meant to advance the kingdom, build the church, and encourage us as believers. In fact, prophecy when you look at it in Scripture, a lot of people think it’s just about future telling when you read scripture prophecy has more to do with declaring God’s word than it does the future. Even in the Old Testament, what was a lot of the Prophet the book of the prophets, they were calling people back to faithfulness to God, to the Torah. And they did say this, these things are going to happen. But the majority of prophecy in Scripture is about God’s word, faithfulness to God’s word. And I do not discount dreams and visions and prophecies of the future, I do not discount them. And here’s why. My wife and I moved to Montana, because someone gave a vision that we were going to be in Montana,
starting a ministry.
I’m not discounting it.
Some very important, we have a friend, very, very reliable friend of ours called me out of the blue and said, I’ve had this kind of dream that I feel like I need to communicate with you. I’ve been sitting on it for a bit, I had this dream that you and your family are moving to Montana, to start a ministry does that mean anything to you? I know, like.
And here we are.
God still does these things today.
He still wants you to be filled with his presence and experience, the power of being filled with his presence.
And here’s the thing, if we are not filled with the Spirit,
we are ineffective in our explanation of Scripture and
our experience with God.
My friend was filled with the story spirit, and his filling of the Spirit poured into my life, and changed Christina’s life forever. Because one person was open, the filling of the Holy Spirit.
this is not scripture versus the Holy Spirit. That’s often pit in the church. Well, we need the Scripture, we need the spirit. Notice there’s an experience with the Spirit. And there’s an explanation with Scripture.
They are together not divided.
And I want you to notice something.
Peters obsession is not with the experience.
He’s not saying,
oh, everybody see what’s going on.
his obsession was with what it meant.
And the entire speech that he gives is about Jesus. The mark of being filled with the Spirit is that Jesus becomes made known in our lives and in the lives of others. People see the external power.
And guess what that does, it draws them
in, all these people were speaking and all this language that everyone understands, and guess what? It’s attractive. So when we’re filled with the Spirit, people will come, people will come. That’s what we see. They’re going what’s going on over there somewhere confused, some are skeptical, but that’s okay. They’re not indifferent.
But he uses scripture to explain what’s
And ultimately, Peter is saying that what what this means, ultimately is that God has fulfilled his promises. And in order to be filled with the Spirit, we must trust in Jesus. He says three times this Jesus, this Jesus, this Jesus. So the focus is not on necessarily the experience that focuses on the person and work of Jesus that was proven by this experience. If we are seeking Justin experience, you’re in the wrong place. Other religions do that, and they get experiences, the demonic,
not of God.
The clue to know that if we are following God is we have experiences they point immediately back to the Son of God to Jesus and his work on the cross and the power of the resurrection.
This whole things about Jesus,
amen. Then john,
the Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will make Him
known. The Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal Jesus. The experience of drew them, then the message come to the heart.
So the response, what must we do?
What must we do?
repent, believe, be baptized, and you will receive the gift of the Spirit. Why do we need the spirit, according to the text is because we need to be reconciled to God. Because we all look out at the world, every single one of us looks at the world and realizes that things are not the way they ought to be. I have even atheist friends who agree with me that things are not the way they ought to be. everyone notices the sense of disrupted in this of our world. It’s problematic, everyone recognizes it, things are not the way they ought to be.
Who’s going to do something about it? Because that
is the question and have political parties worked.
even your political party hasn’t worked. The party hasn’t.
There’s not enough policy, to fix the brokenness that we see.
Not only do we look at the world and see the things are wrong,
but if we’re honest with ourselves, and we look in the mirror,
we feel like something’s disconnected within ourselves to
we have insecurity, guilt and shame that we’ve been carrying for things that we’ve done or things that have been done to us. We carry these things wondering, why can’t I do anything about it? Self Help, books didn’t work.
latest blog, the latest conference, didn’t do it.
Maybe for a minute it took the edge off. But when you still look in the mirror, you know that something is wrong.
It’s the absence
the absence of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
And we get to that when we repent and believe the gospel word repent. It’s don’t think of it as shouting on a street corner, repent. Think of it as a as a personal complete reorientation of how you view reality and then how you live into that reality. It’s not just a one ad because if I do to 180s, that’s a 360. And I’m back to where I started.
That’s a complete reorientation.
So if that’s you, and you don’t follow Jesus, repent, believe and be baptized. And if you’re a believer, you haven’t been baptized. Let’s put it on the schedule. We don’t schedule dates for baptism. When people tell us they want to be baptized, we get them baptized.
What about for those who are of us who follow Jesus
answers the same.
We don’t just believe in the Gospel, we believe the gospel daily.
And how do I receive the Spirit?
This text indicates that the way we receive the Spirit
is through the confession of sin.
I was talking to Fred yesterday and he and I were just having this conversation about and this has been true in my life. So I’m this is not a finger pointing situation. Week follow Jesus, we say yes, I want to follow Jesus, but we often don’t deal with the sin in our life.
Isaiah 59 says that the
sin keeps us from hearing and experiencing the presence of God.
It’s clogging up our vision,
and what are you doing when you’re confessing sin is coming out, you are emptying yourself and we say we empty ourselves. It’s emptying ourselves of our will, our agenda, our desires, no matter what they are good desires, bad desires, we bring everything we are and we confess them out to Jesus, the good, the bad, the ugly, and then
we asked to receive His Holy Spirit
on a daily basis. He’s already ready within us, but he fills us up. In fact, when talks about being filled with the Spirit, that tense indicates that it’s like outbursts of filling, meaning you’re going to need this every day. Why? Because we said every day because I say stupid things every day, I said, some of them are ready up here. You know, we, we, we just we’re not perfect. We need the spirit daily.
don’t overcomplicate the practical application of this sermon,
He breathes new life. It gives us freedom from the guilt and shame from
the things that we have done to the things that have been done to us the sense
of freedom that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit. Are you open to that? And what that might even mean? I think a lot of times we’re resistant to the Holy Spirit, because we’re scared of what Alaska is scared of what he’s going to say to us. He only wants life for us. Confess the things that are keeping us from God. Ask him, not Google, ask him. How many times have you googled How does it mean? What does mean to be filled with the Spirit? What does it mean to be baptized in spirit? What does it mean to ask him?
Not you know what knock means? That means sometimes you’re just gonna have to keep pressing in. The Silence of God is meant to draw us in. How serious Am I Well, how do we handle the silence of God? we lean in we ask we seek we knock on the promise is for you, your children, for all who are far from God.
Want to be filled with the Spirit? ass?
Let’s pray. God, we thank you for your word. Holy Spirit, would you please fill us as a church as individuals. Help us experience the power and the freedom that comes from being filled with your spirit.
Help us be open.
Help us be discerning with Scripture.
I thank you that you’ve given us your word, your spirit and your people to make sense of these things as we try to
best as we can understand it when we can’t understand.
Help us live in the tension and the complexity of walking
with God. We love you. In Jesus name. Amen.
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