Today my prayer is that God will move in such a powerful way in your life that you will never forget this gathering. I can tell you personally that I was never the same after I had my own Acts 2 experience and was filled with the Holy Spirit. I will share this experience later in my message.
I was reminded of a story that I read when I was in Bible college about Charles Parham. He was a Methodist pastor who felt like there was more to his faith than what He was experiencing. He started a Bible college called Bethel. He asked them to study Acts chapter 2 and see how they could experience the same thing the Apostles experienced with the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Someone by the name Agnus saw that people received the Holy Spirit when they laid had on them and prayed for them. She asked them to do that to and she was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to pray in tongues. This was what started the Pentecostal movement.
Have you ever asked yourself if there is supposed to be something more to your faith?
Acts 19:1-6: While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions until he reached Ephesus, on the coast, where he found several believers. “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them. “No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” “Then what baptism did you experience?” he asked. And they replied, “The baptism of John.” Paul said, “John’s baptism called for repentance from sin. But John himself told the people to believe in the one who would come later, meaning Jesus.” As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.
Paul wanted these believers to know that there was more to their faith. They were baptized in water for the forgiveness of sin, but they had not been baptized with the power of the Holy Spirit.
I. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:1-7: On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!
The Apostles did what they were told to do. They waited for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on them. They didn’t know what to expect, but they knew when they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. In fact, he whole town knew that they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Let’s just say the Holy Spirit gave away their hiding spot.
Key things to know about the Baptism with the Holy Spirit:
All 120 people experienced the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
They began to speak in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
This amazed the people who came to see what was going. They were from Galilee and they were speaking in their native language. Tongues is a sign to the unbeliever.
Joel prophesied about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit 800 years prior.
Acts 2:17-21: ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy. And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below—blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
Acts 2:32-33: “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today.
Peter was affirming what Jesus had spoken to them that they would receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, so that they would be empowered to be witnesses of what Jesus did on the cross and proclaim the message of salvation unto all the world.
Acts 2:36-39: “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”
Peter’s preaching became powerful through the Holy Spirit and 3,000 came to know the Lord.
Salvation must take place first before you can receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for EVERYONE! You, your children, those far away, every believer.
What will the Baptism with the Holy Spirit do for you?
Acts 2:42-47: All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
Power to serve and witness (Acts 1:8)
Pursuit for and in the word of God (John 16:14, Ephesians 1:17-18)
Revelation of God’s truth - deeper understanding and love for the Word
Potency in prayer (Ephesians 6:18, Romans 8:26)
Passion for Worship (1 Corinthians 14:1, Philippians 3:3, Acts 2:11)
A greater desire to be in the presence of God
How would you like to grow in these areas of your walk with the Lord? The Baptism with the Holy Spirit will do that for you.