June 4, 2017

Pentecost

Christ’s ascension into heaven marked the end of His earthly ministry. Now His disciples were to continue what He began. But all of this was confusing for them: What is this ministry? What are they to do and say? How were they to do it?

Pentecost would answer all of these questions for them and us!


Scripture | Acts 2:1-13

  • In your own words, describe the Holy Spirit.  Who is He?  What does He do? Where is He?
  • Context: Go back and read Jesus’s words and n Acts 1.8. What did Jesus tell his disciples?  What would the Holy Spirit give the disciples? What were they to do with that gift?
  • Read Acts 2.1-4. What happened here?  What did the disciples begin to do after the Holy Spirit filled them?  (Hint: read vs. 6 & 8 to understand what “speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” means).
  • According to the end of vs. 11, what were the disciples speaking about?  What “mighty works” do you think they were talking about?
  • Vs. 5-8, 12-13. How did the people respond to what the disciples were doing? Why do you think they responded this way?
  • Why do you think the Holy Spirit gave the disciples this power?
  • What do you think this passage means for us?  (Hint:  Read 2 Corinthians 5.16-21).
  • According to this passage, what “power” does the Holy Spirit give us believers?  Why does He give us this power?
  • According to this passage, what should the substance of our message be?
  • What does this passage say about who should we share our message with?
  • Here, the Holy Spirit gives the disciples the supernatural power to proclaim the Gospel in human languages they did not know. While God can still do that, how else might the Holy Spirit equip us to speak in another’s “native language”?
  • How is this passage moving your heart right now?