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Acts 2 (ESV)
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound
like a mighty rushing wind,
and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
3 And divided tongues as of fire
appeared to them
and rested on each one of them.
4 And they were all
filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak
in other tongues
as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.
6 And at this sound the multitude came together,
and they were bewildered,
because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.
7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying,
“Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 And how is it that we hear,
each of us in his own native language?
9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome,
11 both Jews and proselytes,
Cretans and Arabians—
we hear them telling
in our own tongues
the mighty works of God.”
12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them:
“Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.
15 For these people are not drunk,
as you suppose,
since it is only the third hour of the day.
16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 “ ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days
I will pour out my Spirit,
and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show
wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire,
and vapor of smoke;
sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass
upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.’
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words:
Jesus of Nazareth,
a man attested to you by God
with mighty works and wonders
and signs that God did through him in your midst,
as you yourselves know—
23 this Jesus,
delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God,
you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
24 God raised him up,
loosing the pangs of death,
because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
25 For David says concerning him,
“ ‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand
that I may not be shaken;
my heart was glad,
and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David
that he both died and was buried,
and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne,
31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ,
that he was not abandoned to Hades,
nor did his flesh see corruption.
32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God,
and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit,
he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“ ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.” ’
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain
that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart,
and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles,
“Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 And Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise is
and for your children
all who are far off,
everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
40 And with many other words
he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying,
“Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”
41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
42 And they devoted themselves
and the fellowship,
to the breaking of bread
and the prayers.
43 And awe came upon every soul,
and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
46 And day by day,
attending the temple together
and breaking bread in their homes,
they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people.
And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
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Acts 2 Summary
The newly reconstituted group of 12 disciples are all together when the Holy Spirit loudly and powerfully arrives and fills each of them.
It just so happens that thousands of Jewish expats and converts from all over the world were in Jerusalem for the Jewish Pentecost celebration. Seeing the noisy commotion and hearing these Galileans speak in numerous languages, they assume them to be drunk.
Peter responds with the most powerful weapon Christians have: expository preaching: Peter works his way through several passages of scripture, expositing (explaining) them and showing how they all point to salvation:
that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:21, Joel 2:32)
Over three thousand people have their hearts pierced by the Spirit - they were cut to the heart (v37) - and were added to the church.
These new Christians devoted themselves to growing in their faith; literally they focused every bit of their energy & effort on four simple habits:
To being taught by the apostles;
To fellowship (koinonia = mutual accountability & discipline);
To the breaking of bread (not just the fellowship of eating meals together, but partaking the Lord's Supper together);
To unceasing prayer.
This Spirit led recipe for Christian living hasn't changed in over 2,000 years, and it remains the guide for faithful churches:
The foundation of a Christian church must be faithful, expository preaching, through which the scriptures are opened up, explained, and used by the Spirit to pierce hearts;
Christians surround themselves with a fellowship of Godly people, enjoying their encouragement & discipline.
We enjoy great meals for sure together as God's people for sure, but especially around the simple elements of bread and wine;
Constant prayer, both when gathered, and as we go about our work.
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our sovereign Father, whose deliberate plan and foreknowledge controls all things (v23)
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that God will continue to "cut you to the heart" so that you might be saved "from this corrupt generation." (v37, 40)
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