Wild Preaching (3 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Wild Preaching (3 of 4)
Series: Born To Be Wild
Jeff Strite
Acts 2:1-41

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What you've just seen is a pyrotechnic display at a Paul McCartney concert. It's become almost common place for big name performers to have displays like this in their shows.

Can you imagine what it would have been like to be in that crowd when McCartney 1st did that?

It would pretty wild, wouldn't it?

But why would McCartney (and other big name stars) do things like this? Isn't their music enough for their fans?

Well, yeah... but these performers are looking for something more. Something that will catch the attention of their audience... something they'll remember.

Now here in the book of Acts 2, we find God doing a little "something more".

He puts on a little pyrotechnic display all His own.

"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." Acts 2:1-4

Can you image what it would have been like to be in THAT church service?

Can you imagine the surprise you'd have felt as you heard the sound of a violent wind, and then there's this tongue of fire that entered the room and it the fire splits into sections and one of those sections sits on YOUR head. And you begin to praise God in a language you've never learned.

Next couple verses tell us that "Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language."

So, not only have you heard the wind, seen the flames, spoken in a language you've ...


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