The Permanence of Pentecost: Why We Fail To Grow
Acts 2:1-8, 38-39
The book of Acts is similar to the first two chapters of Genesis in one way. The first two chapters of Genesis reveal to us what God intended the world should be like before sin entered. And the first few chapters of the book of Acts, I think, or most of the book of Acts, or most of the N.T. reveal to us what God intended the N.T. church to be like before it apostatized. And what I am doing in the next - this morning, and tonight and next Sunday, and for a few Sundays - is preaching of those things that I think distinguish the N.T. church. This morning I preached on what I consider to be one of the distinguishing characteristics of the N. T. church, as well as the people of God throughout all of history, that of constantly, vocally praising the Lord. You cannot read the book of Acts without just being overwhelmed by that note. I think that is a missing note in modern day Christianity. Next Sunday morning, the Lord willing, I am going to preach on the believer's authority over the devil and demons. This is something else that you cannot miss as you read carefully, not only the book of Acts, but the entire N.T., that God intended a N.T. church not to be subject to the devil, and not to be intimidated by him, but that he has definite authority, given to him by Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, over the devil. Now I want, if the Lord leads in that matter, as He is now, to preach on that next Sunday morning.
Tonight I am preaching on what I call "THE PERMANENCE OF PENTECOST", and I want you to open to Acts chapter 2, we are going to begin reading with verse 1. Reading down through verse 8, and then we are going to read verses 38 and 39. Verse 12 also. "in doubt" ... now that is interesting, they couldn't figure out what was going on. And perhaps one of the great differences between the N.T. church and the modern day church is, that the world knows exact1y what's going on, they can figure it out. You just have to look at it and there is a logical explanation for everything that we do. But on the day of Pentecost they couldn't figure it out, they were all in doubt, they were amazed, they were perplexed, and the Greek has the idea that they were running one to another saying, "do you know what' s going on?" They were consulting one with another. Saying, "Do you know what's going on?" No -- Well let's go over here and ask him. Do you know what's going on? No, I don't know what's going on. And so finally they care to the source. Scare of them said, well, they're drunk. They're full of new wine. But Peter, standing, (v. 14) it was just the third hour of the day. Now that excuse wouldn't hold true today, because you know today men get drunk at 9:00 in the morning. He said, no, they are not full of new wine, it's only 9:00 in the morning.... vv 16, 17, 18, and so on, and he launches into that famous Pentecostal sermon. Now the conclusion of that sermon is this i ...
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