Pentecost marks a transition from redemption accomplished by the Son to redemption applied by the Spirit. First, we will look at The Event of Pentecost (1-4). Second, we’ll see The Response to Pentecost (5-13).
The reality is this: Left to ourselves we are traitors like Judas, but in Christ we are faithful disciples. It is a sobering warning and a call to faith.
First, we will see their Return With Joy (12). Second, we’ll see their Wait With Unity (13). And third, we will note their Prayer With Confidence (14).
Christ’s commission and ascension is a call to look beyond ourselves to take up a mission that is much greater than the immediate concerns of our community.
The mission of God begins with the command to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit. What Jesus has done & taught in the past & how he will in the Future.
In sum, a sermon on the overview of Acts, has one application: Go and advance the gospel.
Acts teaches us that church growth is the result of faithful preaching. 1) Understanding the Gospel. 2) Preaching the Gospel. 3) Responding to the Gospel.
The giving and receiving of forgiveness requires inward humility, upward faith, and outward compassion.
How to be fruitful & faithful in a corrupt world. The Context of Fruitfulness (19–26). The Context of Worldliness (27). The Context of Faithfulness (28–33).
In this passage we see that there are consequences for sin, but God can turn them into blessings. No simplified division. Sovereign, Savior, Supplier.