What does this mean?
A teaching in the Holy Spirit
31st May 2020
George Methodist Church
With Peter Veysie
Acts 2 The Passion translation
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
1 On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled,[a] all the disciples were gathered in one place.
- They were gathered in one place. It seems to me that through this challenging
time the Lord is truly gathering us into one place. What does that one place look like. I
we at a pinnacle point of history where the Lord is once again gathering together
those who worship Im in Spirit and in truth. Fearful for thier lives,sharing what we
have,aware of those who do not have. Selling our posessions etc..
2 Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind[b] rushing into the house[c]
from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all
anyone could bear!
- The sound of the wind – creation – the holy spirit hovered, the Lord breathed into
Adam and Eve,death and an earthquake and violent storm,now the birthing of the church
in the breathe of Almighty God – King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Is the Lord breathing
into the church again? Life renewal hope new vision and direction?
3 Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes.[d] It separated into tongues
of fire that engulfed[e] each one of them.
- A pillar of fire is so profound to me because it was the one thing in the temple that
represented the Presence of Almighty God and now again we see it here and it is
seperating and engulfing each one of them. Romans 12:1-2 speaks about offering
ourselves as a living sacrifice Holy and pleasing to the Lord and this again emphasises
that worship had shifted from a stone temple into the hearts of the Living Temple of the
Body of Christ – we are that temple. Not little temples, but a united One temple gathered
together to worship the Lord. If there is one thing that has been made clear to me during
this time is that yes it is great to meet together and now with the restrictions lifting we will
be tempted to run back to our ways, but I believe deep caution needs to be taken so that
we don’t become the epicentre of the spread of the virus as the church. I have the Good
News to spread and not the bad news. But remember that wherever you are and however
isolated you may be you are still on FIRE as a witness to the risen and victorious Lord on
this Pentecost Sunday.
4 They were all filled and equipped[f] with the Holy Spirit and were
inspired[g] to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had
never learned! It is always intriguing to me as to how long this actually was. I know that
Peter speaks to the crowd at 9am in the morning, but was this happening through the
night and what was the duration? If the Holy Spirit was both empowering and equipping
could it be that it would take a little longer than shorter. Most meetings that I have been to
that have had a deep impact on my life have been longer than shorter. I can remember
Youth week where young people were gathered together at the YFC centre and it was
only in the last few days after being together for dome time and being taught very
powerfully by the way by some great teachers of old and worshipping together that the
Lord broke through. My memories of Gary and Jacqui Rivas transformed forever by the
power of the Holy Spirit in thier lives. Our own lives being deeply impacted by Dave
Kadali,Rolf Weichart, Brian Helsby, Carr and others.
We are so ready to go to a revival meeting but is there real revival that changes our lives?
Are we convited to repent ask for forgivness, be baptised and then be filled with the Holy
- Cut to the heart
36 “Now everyone in Israel[ay] can know for certain[az] that Jesus, whom you crucified, is
the one God has made[ba] both Lord[bb] and the Messiah.”
The Crowd Responds to Peter’s Words
37 When they heard this they were crushed and realized what they had done to
Jesus.Deeply moved, they said to Peter and the other apostles, “What do we need to
38 Peter replied, “Repent and return to God, and each one of you must be baptized in the
name of Jesus, the Anointed One,to have your sins removed. Then you may take hold of
the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for you and your
families, for those yet to be born and for everyone whom the Lord our God calls to
Holy Spirit Transformation is real when it takes into consideration
others more than ourselves!!!
This is real revival happening now as we enter in the peak of this pandemic:
40 Peter preached to them and warned them with these words: “Be rescued from the
wayward and perverse culture of this world!”[bi]
41 Those who believed the word that day numbered three thousand. They were all
baptized and added to the church.[bj]
The Community of Believers
42 Every believer was faithfully devoted to following the teachings[bk] of the apostles.
Their hearts were mutually linked to one another,[bl] sharing communion[bm] and coming
together regularly for prayer.[bn] 43 A deep sense of holy awe[bo] swept over everyone,
and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.[bp] 44 All the believers
were in fellowship as one body,[bq] and they shared with one another whatever they had.
45 Out of generosity they even sold their assets to distribute the proceeds to those who
were in need among them. 46 Daily they met together in the temple courts and in one
another’s homes to celebrate communion. They shared meals together with joyful hearts
and tender humility. 47 They were continually filled with praises to God, enjoying the favor
of all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were coming