Acts 2 Reflections

2418649596_0e9f981c7b_m2Continuing with the Book of Acts from yesterday’s reflections I will look at Acts 2 today.

V1-4: These 4 verses are very well known throughout Christianity as they point to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2 is known as the super bowl chapter because everything is going off at the birth of the early church. 4 key things are evident in this passage. Firstly, there is unity amongst the disciples because they are all gathered together in one place praying for each other and for the promise of the Father. Secondly, there is an immersion of the Spirit in filling the entire house where they were sitting. Thirdly, there was an infilling as each person was filled with the Holy Spirit and fourthly, there was an outflow as each person began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

V5-13: These verses tell us that the point of Pentecost wasn’t ultimately to speak in tongues although it is the normal initial evidence of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but rather the point of Pentecost was mission. Pentecost was about positioning the church for effective mission and different tongues happened to be the tool God used to engage with the different cultural groups that were in Jerusalem at that time. Also, when the Spirit was poured out, it appeared to be a little weird to some people and had to be explained. When God reveals himself in our midst sometimes out of the box stuff occurs. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it but we do need to be prepared to explain it. 

V14-36: Look at how far, ‘foot in mouth disease’ Peter has come, since denying Christ. Peter is now standing up before thousands of people in Jerusalem and preaching the first evangelistic sermon of the new Church that God has just birthed with boldness, fire, clarity and effectiveness. This is the impact the baptism of the Holy Spirit has on your life and ministry. He expounds Old Testament scripture and uses it to point to Jesus Christ as the Messiah and then tells the crowd that they crucified the Messiah.

V37-41: The people are cut to the heart as good gospel preaching should do. Peter instructs them in how they should respond and he leads the repentant crowd in the first altar call of the newly birthed church with Christ adding 3,000 believers to the church in one day. I would have loved to be at the baptism service that day.

V42-47: These verses give us a detailed description of what is going on in the early church. The congregation is devoting themselves to the apostles teaching, fellowship, communion and prayer. Signs and wonders are happening through the ministry of the apostles and there was unity and community amongst the early church members. Generosity was abounding and they were gathering together corporately in the temple as well as gathering together in smaller groups in each others homes, like two wings of a plane keeping the early church balanced and heading in the right direction.Favour was upon the church in the community and God was blessing them and adding to their number daily those who were being saved.

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