"Making a Difference Through Word & Deed"

"Making a Difference through Word & Deed"

Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 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. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes Cretans and Arabs — in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
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. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:  ‘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. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 
  And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, 
               blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness 
          and the moon to blood,before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 
  Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

 Sermon Notes:

Understanding the Role of the Holy Spirit

Advocate & Defender (Legal Terminology)

 §  One who is intentionally summoned and appointed by Christ to one's side or to one's aid

John 14:16  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 
 John 16:7    Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you

 §  One who pleads another's cause before a judge;
                       §  One who gives counsel for defense, legal assistance; an advocate
§  One who pleads another's cause - an intercessor

 1 John 2:1-5 - My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;  2 and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.


§  One who teaches and instills knowledge of many things.
§  One who recalls previously spoken lessons and words of wisdom from God.

John 14:26  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

 Guide & Counselor

§  One who gives Godly counsel and wisdom
§  One who lives and abides within us.

John 16:13 - When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 
John 14:17 - This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.