January 3, 2021

The Day of Pentecost and Prayer

Jason Meyer (Downtown Campus) | Acts 2:1-4

Sermon notes to come.

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.—Acts 2:1–4


Sermon Discussion Questions 

Main Point: Pentecost did not come because of the prayers of the disciples, but because of the Providence of God.

Main Picture: The disciples could not control the wind of the Spirit, but they could prepare for the wind by putting up the sail in prayer.

Discussion Questions

  • Why does Acts 2:1 show that Pentecost did not come because of the prayers of the disciples, but because of the providence of God?
  • What does it mean that they were all in one place? (Acts 2:1) How does this connect with what the disciples are doing in Acts 1:12–14?
  • In Acts 1:14, what two words does Luke use to describe the way that the disciples prayed?
  • The book of Acts shows that prayer was a constant refrain for the early church both in major decisions and everyday life. What were some of the texts or situations that give evidence for this pattern?

Application Questions

  • What did your prayer life look like in 2020? What would it take to put up the sails of prayer more frequently in 2021?
  • What are some of the major things that keep you from putting up the sails of prayer? What are some of the sins or struggles that cause you to grieve the Spirit or quench the Spirit and take the sail down?

Prayer Focus
Pray for a grace to put up the sails of prayer more as a pattern of life in 2021—both as individuals and as a church.

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