Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 8:20am to Sat, Feb 22 at 10:00pm EST

The Miracle of the Holy Spirit!

(vs.1-13)

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The Feast (v. 1)

The feast helps us understand the timing of the birth of the church as well as the large attendance in the city that day.

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"Day of Pentecost"

A Jewish festival held in mid-spring, fifty days after Passover. At this festival Israelites celebrated the wheat harvest. Pentecost was also known as “the Harvest Festival” and has traditionally been called “the Feast of Weeks”; in Hebrew, its name is “Shavuoth.”

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The Event (vs. 2-4)

Those present evidenced the coming of the Spirit. - It was audible…they heard it. - It was visible…they saw it. - It was personal…they experienced it.

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The Witness

(vs. 4-8, 12-13)

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What does “other tongues” mean? Three options:

- Ecstatic nonsensical spirit language - Miracle of hearing - Other understandable languages not native to them (Best choice)

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The Message of the Church to the World!

(vs. 14-41)

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Peter’s Sermon had two basic parts:

1. Explanation—what happened 2. Proclamation—what it means

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Elements of the Gospel Message

- The Person: Review of death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus! (vs. 22-24) - The Proof: OT support that Jesus is the Messiah! - The Power: The presence of Jesus! (vs. 32-36) - The Plan: The call to Repentance and Salvation!

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The Movement of the followers of Christ! (vs. 42-47)

The early believers shared life together and began to impact the world around them through the power of the Holy Spirit!

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What does this chapter teach me?

God keeps his promises.

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What does this chapter teach me?

The mission to share the Gospel is #1 on the priority list of the church!

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What does this chapter teach me?

This is the beginning of the church, we are the continuing of the church.

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What does this chapter teach me?

God has the power to break through barriers with the Gospel!

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