by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 7: Is Pentecost Just for Pentecostals?
Series: The End of the Beginning
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 1:1-11; 2:1-47

The dramatic day of Pentecost so drastically changed the disciples' lives that they were never the same. The contemporary church needs to carefully address the significance of Pentecost rather than treating it as a controversial battleground.

I. The Day of Pentecost.

A. The historical background.
1. Passover - 14th day of Nisan (April). Leviticus 23:4
2. Day after Passover Sabbath - Harvest. Leviticus 23:10
3. Fifty days later - Feast of Weeks. Leviticus 23:15 16

B. The prophetic buildup.
1. Joel's prediction. Joel 2:28 32
2. John's pronouncement. Matthew 3:11 12
3. Jesus' promise. Acts 1:4 5

C. The church's birthday.
1. The rushing wind. Acts 2:2
2. The tongues of fire. Acts 2:3
3. The miracle of communication. Acts 2:4 8
4. The transformed disciples. Acts 2:14 36
5. The outpouring of blessing. Acts 2:37 41

II. The Controversy over Pentecost.

A. The 'Pentecostal' view.
1. The disciples' reception of the Spirit. John 20:22 23

Part 8: How to Be Filled with the Spirit
Series: The End of the Beginning
Stuart Briscoe
Ephesians 5:15-21

The events of Pentecost and the following days show that the Christian church moved in the power of the Spirit. There was a touch of the supernatural about their lives and ministry. The same Spirit is resident in the modern church but His presence and fullness need to be understood and experienced.

I. What Does It Mean to Be Filled with the Spirit?

A. Don't get drunk.
B. Do be filled.
C. Do you have to be emptied to be filled?
D. Are drunk men emptied before they are filled?
E. Drunk men are captivated, motivated and activated by
F. To be filled is to be captivated, motivated, activated by the

II. What Is Involved in Being Filled with the Spirit?

A. First, we need to be "sealed" with the Spirit. Ephesians 1:13
B. Second, we need to know Who the Spirit is. Ephesians 2:22
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