Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sermon Notes...Pentecost: Let's Go Back to the Old Time Way

Acts 2:1-2 (New Living Translation) "On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting."

Introduction: In some facets, the church has departed from the trueness of what it means to be Christian. This is not a conversation of tradition versus contemporary, but about effectiveness (doing the right things) versus efficiency (doing things right).

Transition: Pentecost occurs fifty days after Easter (when Jesus was crucified). It's a time of celebration and became the birthday of the church. The church was following the instructions of Jesus, and the promised blessing of the Holy Spirit came upon them. Because of their preparation and patience, they received power...

1...Preparation: The reality of our position is predicated on our investment. What are you willing to do, to be more than what you are right now?
-Physical Presence (Acts 1:14a, 1:15a)
-Unified Understanding (Acts 2:1)
-Prayer Posture (Acts 1:14a)

2...Patience: If you can't wait, then you can't win! Waiting is key because it's the wait that keeps you safe from enemies, that would easily destroy you because your not ready.
Acts 1:4-5

3...Power: The old time way of growth and development, is telling people about Jesus on their level.
Acts 2:2-11, 41

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