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Acts 2:1-21 What Did you Hear, What Do you Say? JUMC Pentecost Sunday 06/12/2011

Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.

4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, 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, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs–in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” 14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out 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 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’  -NRSV

WORKING THROUGH DISICPLES:

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit,

And began to speak each in their own native languages,

As the Spirit gave them ability.

HOW TO: Speaking through the Holy Spirit, in their own native way.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

Parthians,                   Medes,               Elamites,

Mesopotamians         Judeans             Cappadocian

Pontusians                   Asians                Phrygians

Pamphylians              Egyptians          Libyans

Cyreneans                    Romans,            Jews, Born and accepted

Cretans                         Arabs

(The Taget is GLOBAL:  Europeans, Africans, Arabs, Asians, Jews and Gentiles.)

John Wesley: The World is my Parish

WHAT IN THE SPIRIT IS GOING ON?

What are we hearing?       The Ravings of those drunk on New Wine?

We are hearing the fulfillment of Scripture: The Prophet Joel..

The promise of the last days.. It will be obvious when God speaks..

What would God say to us, if languages were removed.. what does the world need to hear?

<ask literally from the congregation, and after a time>

You have heard it.. Who as not heard?

<who is supposed, called to tell the world, after a time, we are>

WHAT IS THE MESSAGE: The Lord is for Everyone, listen and trust God.

We live in a culture and time of political correctness where we are to honor and appreciate everyone’s culture and faith. There is a difference between honoring such, and watering down or ignoring our own.

Pentecost, the Church is born & anointed to tell the world, God is coming, live like God is already here. Trust God now and you will be ready when..

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