The First Five: Holy Spirit Power – Acts 2:1-15, 37-41

The First Five
The First Five

Series: The First Five

The First Five: Holy Spirit Power

Acts 2:1-15; 37-41

  1. Introduction
    1. Review the last two weeks
      1. Week 1 – HS falls on the people and they become witnesses
      2. Week 2 – The decisions of the church are completed through prayer and unity
    2. Jesus was around making himself known for 40 days and then ascended into heaven with the promise of the HS to come.
    3. I have no idea what those 10 days must have been like.
    4. I imagine it was days filled with anticipation and excitement.
    5. It was probably days filled with anxiety and worry
    6. It was probably days filled with awe and wonder over what had just happened.
    7. It was days filled with prayer and fasting to be right before the Lord
    8. It was days filled with joy!

You can have a brighter child, it all depends on your expectations. Before you’re tempted to say, “Not true,” let me tell you about Harvard social psychologist Robert Rosenthal’s classic study. All the children in one San Francisco grade school were given a standard I.Q. test at the beginning of the school year. The teachers were told the test could predict which students could be expected to have a spurt of academic and intellectual functioning. The researchers then drew names out of a hat and told the teachers that these were the children who had displayed a high potential for improvement. Naturally, the teachers thought they had been selected because of their test performance and began treating these children as special children.

And the most amazing thing happened — the spurters, spurted! Overall, the “late blooming” kids averaged four more I.Q. points on the second test that the other group of students. However, the gains were most dramatic in the lowest grades. First graders whose teachers expected them to advance intellectually jumped 27.4 points, and the second grade spurters increased on the average 16.5 points more than their peers. One little Latin-American child who had been classified as mentally retarded with an I.Q. of 61, scored 106 after his selection as a late bloomer.

  1. Are we expecting God to do anything?
  2. 3 Lessons from Pentecost
  3. The Expectant Church v. 1-4
    1. 50 days after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus
    2. The church gathers together in one place
    3. It is not the Temple, but someone’s house
    4. The church probably about 120 people strong v. 15
    5. This is 10 days after Jesus goes into heaven
    6. They may or may not have met since the Jesus ascended
    7. They knew this day to be a significant day in Jewish life. They came together anticipating something happening from the Lord.
    8. There was once again a unity among the body
    9. There is power when the church gathers that comes from Jesus not from the gathering itself
    10. The Holy Spirit arrives in grand fashion
    11. A mighty, violent rushing wind
    12. There was a complete filling of the house
    13. There was no mistake that the HS had arrived!
    14. Tongues appeared above the people.
    15. It appears that the tongues came on all those present which would have been around the 120 people, both men and women
    16. At this point they are filled with the Holy Spirit and now spoke under the power of the HS about their experience with Jesus.
    17. There is power when the church gathers together today too.
    18. When we are unified and arrive here expecting to hear and see something, God can move in powerful ways.
    19. Many times we come to church expecting absolutely nothing.
    20. I pray you will spend the time during the week to prepare your heart through prayer, bible study, fellowship, accountability to get here on Sunday expecting to see God move.
    21. When we arrive with an expectant heart, God can move mightily.

In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.

Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, “Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable.” He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson’s astonishment, the engine roared to life. For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that power to work.

  • Message Delivered v. 5-13
    1. The sound of the HS was heard by many people in Jerusalem and they wanted to know what had happened.
    2. The heart languages of the people were now being spoken by these simple Galileans .
    3. How could they know all these languages?
    4. Many of the people who had come from distant lands for Passover would have still been present at Pentecost.
    5. This is the reverse action of the Tower of Babel.
    6. At the Tower of Babel, God confused the language of the people because they were being disobedient by trying to become God.
    7. This reversal now leads to the understanding of who God is through the work of Jesus.
    8. This is the beginning of the restoration of all of creation by the work and the power of Jesus. – All creation groans.
    9. This is the dawning of the Kingdom of God!
    10. The nations listed are listed in order from the far east to the west and then south.
    11. The meaning of the different nations is to give testimony that the whole world was now going to hear about Jesus.
    12. They were amazed for hours and days about this event and what God had done in their midst.
    13. They could not fathom that God was speaking to them
    14. Some even mocked them for being drunk and out of their minds.
    15. Today is no different.
    16. God gives us the words to say to present the message of Christ to others.
    17. We rely on the power of the HS to guide us to the people who need to hear.
    18. We know that people need to hear about Jesus in their heart language
    19. We also know that some people will not understand and will mock you.
      1. This has been happening since Ishmael mocked Isaac in Genesis and will continue on
      2. Do not be afraid when they mock, but stand firm in who Jesus is
  • Jesus told us that we would be persecuted and to take honor and pleasure in the persecution. Matthew 5:10-12
  1. Our trust in the Lord is challenged at times and yet he knows far more than we give him credit for.
  2. His sovereignty over situations and circumstances should never be doubted. He has the plan we just have to be obedient.
  3. Notice that the disciples were not taking personal credit because it was the undeniable work of the HS.
  4. When we make ourselves available to the HS, then he can work through us.
  5. The disciples were available and ready for action.
  6. I pray you will be ready for God to work and have your life in the right way so he can work through you!
  7. Moody was to have a campaign in England. An elderly pastor protested, “Why do we need this ‘Mr. Moody’? He’s uneducated, inexperienced, etc. Who does he think he is anyway? Does he think he has a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?” A younger, wiser pastor rose and responded, “No, but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on Mr. Moody.”


  1. The Hearers Respond v. 37-41
    1. Because the church came with an expectant heart and the disciples were available, the message could be given.
    2. As the message was given by Peter the Bible says the people’s hearts were pierced.
    3. They were desperate to know what they needed to do?
    4. I love how they don’t ask what is God going to do for me, or what power am I going to receive, but rather they asked what must we do to be saved?
    5. Peter delivered the simple gospel, repent, be baptized and the HS will come upon you.
    6. Peter understood that without repentance and an acknowledgement of our sin that we cannot be saved.
    7. We cannot continue to pursue God if we are not willing to get rid of our sin.
    8. We must be obedient to the point of baptism which is a public profession to all of what has happened in our heart.
    9. Peter tells the people that when the HS falls upon us that we will be able to live out this life in his will.
    10. We can then be overcomers in Christ Jesus!!!!
    11. In verse 40, the Bible says that Peter continues to speak and points people toward salvation.
    12. You and I have the simple message of the gospel.
    13. Repent, believe, and be saved. At VBS we usually use the ABC’s of salvation.
      1. Admit to God you are a sinner
      2. Believe that Jesus is God’s Son
  • Confess your salvation to others
  1. At the day of Pentecost salvation was not complicated and it is not complicated today!
  2. We have a message to tell!
  3. Do you know Jesus as your savior today?

Pages in 1891 basketball rule book: 2. Pages in current basketball rule book: 114.Quoted in U.S. News and World Report, November 25, 1991, p. 9.

  1. Conclusion
    1. Jesus is the Son of God
    2. The HS is the Spirit of God that comes and fills our life
    3. The HS empowers us to tell the story of Jesus
    4. We need to come to church with an expectant heart for seeing God work
    5. We need to be obedient to what God wants to do in our hearts
    6. We need to preach the message and leave the results to God.
    7. Are you sitting here today needing this salvation?
    8. It is not complicated to receive Christ.
    9. Trust in Him, believe in Him, repent, confess,
    10. Know Christ today.