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Pentecost: The Coming of the Holy Spirit 6/8/2014
Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day which commemorates occasion of the Holy Spirit being sent from heaven according to the promise of Jesus to His disciples. He had instructed them to wait in Jerusalem for the arrival of this Holy Spirit. Upon receiving the Holy Spirit they would then be empowered and equipped to be testifiers of the person and work of Jesus Christ beginning in their home area of Jerusalem but then spreading out into the world that existed at that time. So we could look at this occasion as the birthday of the New Testament church, which was founded upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Have you ever seen a gas fire on the ground? Have you ever tried to put it out by stomping on it? If you have, you have probably found out your stomping only increased the fire to a larger area the more you tried to put it out. This is what happened in the early church, which began to burn brightly with the fires of revival with large numbers being added to the kingdom of God, a kingdom which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is not a kingdom that is necessarily outwardly observed, for He dwells in His people through faith, they are united together in the Holy Spirit, which then demonstrates His presence through love.

We are launching our summer sermon series through the book of Acts. This book is the sequel to the Gospel of Luke and it describes the continuing work of Jesus Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit in the lives of those who are united with Jesus Christ through faith. It is our prayer that through this series that we will become more familiar with the person and work of the Holy Spirit and in so doing be greatly affected by His urging and compelling power and influence.

Today we are marking the coming of the Holy Spirit which was sent 50 days after the Passover.

In our text from Acts 1:1-21 we hear/read that the 120 disciples (Acts 1:15) were gathered together in one accord (in unity and harmony) in one place, waiting for the Promise of the Father just as Jesus had directed them to do. While they were they, from heaven came a sound as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled the house where they were sitting. And not only that, but also appearing before them was divided tongues which rested upon each of the 120 disciples. They, being filled with the Holy Ghost, began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them the ability to do.

During this time of the celebration of the blessings of the harvest, in the city of God, Jerusalem, there were God fearing Jews who had been scattered abroad by persecution and whose regions are described in verses 9-11. What had happened and what was happening caused such an uproar, that the crowds of people descended upon the place that the 120 were gathered. When they got there they were confounded, bewildered, because out of the mouths of these men, they were hearing words flowing forth that they could understand in their mother tongue.

Luke, the writer only elaborates on the speaking with other tongues and says no more about the noise of the rushing wind and the appearance of the divided tongues of fire. He focuses on the speaking and hearing and in verse 11 he points out of the substance of that which was being spoken and heard: The wonderful works of God.

In their amazement, and in doubt, they said one to another: "What does this mean?" They did what we should all do when we have questions about anything that is being said or seen? They asked for clarification. Other mocked saying: "These men are full of new wine." But that was highly unlikely as in was 9 in the morning and it was not usual that they would be drunk already that early in the morning. But we ask for ourselves, what was all this about anyway?

Now Peter, the Apostle who had heard the words of Jesus in the beginning of Jesus' ministry "follow me", who spent three plus years with Him learning what it meant to follow Him, and who heard the last recorded words from Jesus of "You follow me" now stood up and began to answer the doubters and to clarify the questioners of this amazing outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

He first gave it to the doubters straight, that since it was only 9 am, forget the idea that they were drunk.

Secondlly, he pointed to the Prophet Joel in his explanation of what had happened.

2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon 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 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The Prophet Joel refers to the last times, which the New Testament writers interpret as the entire time of the New Testament, or from the time of Jesus' arrival at His birth all the way until His final return. It is understood as the age of the Holy Spirit during which all whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!!!!

The coming of the Holy Spirit was a one time event, even as the birth, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ are.

He is the third person of the Godhead, part of the three in One.

His ongoing ministry consists of Seven major ministries.

1. Convicts unbelievers of sin, righteousness and judgment: John 16:8-11.

2. Regenerates or causes us to become believers: John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5, I Peter 1:23-25; James 1:18.

3.. Indwells and baptizes the believer: I Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9; John 14:16; I Corinthians 12:13.

4. Seals us: Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30.

5. Imparts gifts: I Corinthians 12:7-11.

6. Fills the believer: Ephesians 5:15-21; Galatians 5:16.

7. Causes us to bear fruit: Galatians 5:22-23. The characteristics of Jesus Christ.

In the Apostle Creed, we confess that we believe in the Holy Spirit.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the
forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean?
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in
Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel,
enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.

In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on
earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.

In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all

On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all
believers in Christ.

This is most certainly true.

The Holy Spirit ministers grace and forgiveness to us through the work of Christ, but we in our humanity struggle with living in this reality, for we are subject to our emotions and feelings.

KJV Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Years ago, a man living in Finland grew despondent with the struggles of life, and even wondered if he had the Holy Spirit anymore. He thought he would ski to his brother's house some distance away and have his brother examine him so see whether he still had the Spirit. He skiied the long trip, got to the door of his brother and when his brother opened the door, they fell into each other's arms, embracing in Christian love and joy. They spend some time talking of the things of Christ and soon it was time to return home. The man got on his skis, and as he was traveling home joyfully suddenly realized that he had forgotten to ask this brother to examine him.

The Spirit bore witness with his spirit, that he was a child of God.

A young man, in training for the ministiry, was riding on a train sitting alone. An older man looking for some company, noticed him sitting alone, so he drew near him and began to chat with him.
After the older man mentioned that he was a minister, the young minister in training asked if it would be alright if he asked a question. "Sure" said the older minister, so the question came forth from the young man: "I am barely getting started as a minister and when I was preaching at a conference recently something extraordinary happened at our meeting. It was a meeting of ministers, nearlly all of them older than myself, but I was giving a message on the Holy Spirit when a strange thing happened. As I was speaking, I noticed some men getting up and going over to talk to their brothers, I noticed that they were embracing one another and then the whole room was a movement of activity as many began to to talk to one another. Then it became apparent that the Holy Spirit had moved in the hearts of the men that they were going to one another and confessing the their sins against the other."

The minister listened and then said, "Wonderful, it is wonderful how the Holy Spirit moves to gather the hearts of brothers in Christ together. So, what is your question."

"Well," said the young man, "ever since that happened, it is difficult for me to preach because that scene of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit comes back to me, I get emotional and it is very difficult for me to preach. Should I quit preaching?"

The wise minister then said, "I wish that there were more of us like you."............................

It is by the Holy Spirit that God showers upon us His grace and mercy, so therefore we invited to pray for the Holy Spirit's influence in our lives.

Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Dear Father, thank you for your Spirit who always ministers grace and mercy to us through your Son Jesus Christ. Lord, thank you that through the ministry of the Spirit that we know that we are acceptable in your sight, for He never accuses us and points to our sin in judgment, but points us to the cross of Christ as the payment for our sin, and on the basis of your love, calls us to live in the Spirit. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Come Holy Spirit, we need You.

Come as a wisdom to children
Come as new sight to the blind
Come, Lord, as strength to my weakness
Take me soul, body and mind

Come as a rest to the weary
Come as a balm to the sore
Come as a dew to my dryness
Fill me with joy evermore

Come Holy Spirit, I need you now
Come, Sweet Spirit, I pray
Come in your strength and your power
Come in your own gentle way

Come like a spring in the desert
Come to the withered of soul
O, let your sweet healing power
Touch me and make me whole

Come Holy Spirit, I need you now
Come, Sweet Spirit, I pray
Come in your strength and your power
Come in your own gentle way
Come in your own gentle way
Posted on 08 Jun 2014 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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