The Birth of the Church

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Date: 6/4/23

Sermon Title: The Birth of the Church

Context: Acts 2:1-13

(Acts 2:1) When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.

(Acts 2:2) And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

(Acts 2:3) And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.

(Acts 2:4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

(Acts 2:5) Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.

(Acts 2:6) And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.

(Acts 2:7) They were amazed and astonished, saying, "Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans?

(Acts 2:8) "And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?

(Acts 2:9) "Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

(Acts 2:10) Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

(Acts 2:11) Cretans and Arabs--we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God."

(Acts 2:12) And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"

(Acts 2:13) But others were mocking and saying, "They are full of sweet wine."



Preaching Note  

1. Pentecost

Pentecost is the day after Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after his resurrection, and 10 days after his ascension, that is, the 50th day after his resurrection. Pentecost has existed since the time of the Old Testament. The Jews started a new Israel at Mount Sinai on the 50th day after the Exodus. Pentecost marks the beginning of a new Israel, freed from slavery in Egypt.

            On the day of Pentecost, 120 people gathered in an upper room in Jerusalem (v. 1). Suddenly, a sound like a rushing wind came from heaven (v. 2). The sound like a rushing wind filled the house where people were sitting. (v. 2) What filled the attic was a 'voice' from heaven. The voice of the sky, the word of the Lord filled the house. And when fire sprang up among the people, tongues that split like tongues appeared (v. 3) and landed on each person (v. 3). The tongue of heaven, the word of the Lord, filled every man's heart.

            All 120 people were filled with the Holy Spirit (v. 4). As the Spirit commanded them, each began to speak in tongues (v. 4). The 120 people gathered in the upper room were from 15 different regions to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. People from 15 different regions began to speak in their respective local dialects, or languages. The names of the 15 regions are as follows (vv. 9-11)  Parthians  Medes  Elamites  Mesopotamia  Judea  Cappadocia  Pontus  Asia  Phrygia  Bambili A region  Egypt region  Libya region  Romans  Cretans  Arabs.

            Dialect has two meanings. One means ‘regional dialect’ and the other means ‘mystery dialect’. A ‘local dialect’ is a dialect spoken in a language that can be understood, and a ‘mystery dialect’ is a muttered dialect that cannot be understood by others. The dialects of Pentecost in Acts 2 are ‘regional dialects’, and the dialects of the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 12-14 are ‘mystery tongues’. The tongues of Pentecost speak in tongues to people, and the tongues of the Corinthians speak in tongues toward God.


2. The Birth of the Church

There were Jews living in Jerusalem from all over the world (v. 5). Many people came to the upper room, each hearing the disciples speaking in their own language. I was puzzled (v. 6). The people were amazed and said, “Look, aren’t all these people speaking Galileans?” (v. 7) The apostles were all Galileans. He would have spoken in Aramaic. “But how is it that we are all listening in the language of the country where we were born?” (v. 8) The apostles preached in Aramaic, but the people heard it in their local language (v. 8). This is the scene of the birth of the church. The church began as a community that heard the word of the Lord and preached the word of the Lord.


3. Drunk with the Holy Spirit

We hear them speaking in tongues about the great things of God.” (v. 11) The people were all amazed and at a loss for what to do (v. 12). It is because they understand each region's language. Some people mocked it. “They got drunk with new wine” (v. 13).

    120 people gathered in the upper room were drunk with the Holy Spirit. For those who are drunk with the Holy Spirit, my tongue is sublimated into the tongue of the Lord. My language is sublimated into another language that I speak as the Holy Spirit tells me. Those who are filled with the Holy Spirit speak as the Spirit tells them to. The first church people who were born on the day of Pentecost in an upper room in Jerusalem were intoxicated by a sound like the wind, the voice of the Lord, the word of the Lord. A tongue of fire, that is, the tongue of the Lord, drunken by the word of the Lord. When you get drunk on the word of the Lord, God pours out the Holy Spirit. The church is a community filled with the Word of the Lord and a community filled with the Holy Spirit.


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