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January 10, 2021

The Day of Pentecost and the Word

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


  1. The Day (Acts 2:1)
    • The meaning of fulfillment (prophecy)
    • The meaning of the picture (the Feast of Weeks)
    • The place and the people (probably the Upper Room/the 120)
  2.  The Event (Acts 2:2–3)
    • The Sound of Wind (v. 2)
    • The Sight of Tongues (v. 3)
  3.  The Result (Acts 2:4)
    • Filled with the Spirit
    • Spoke in Many Tongues/Dialects

Main Point: So what is Pentecost? Pentecost is not about speaking in tongues by the Spirit; it is about speaking the name of Jesus and receiving Jesus by the power of the Spirit. The Day of Pentecost is when a harvest of the first-fruits happens. The Spirit comes and a harvest happens as Christians speak of Jesus and others receive Jesus.

Discussion Questions

  • What does Acts 2:1 teach about the meaning of the phrase “arrived”?
  • In the sermon, two basic types of fulfillments of prophecy were discussed: word prophecies and picture prophecies. Which one is Pentecost? What does it symbolize?
  • What is the meaning of the two signs in Acts 2:2–3?
  • What is the result in Acts 2:4?
  • How does reading Acts 1:1–8 help us understand Pentecost?
  • How does reading Acts 2:14–41 help us understand Pentecost?
  • How does understanding the Feast of Weeks in Acts 2:1 help us understand Pentecost?

Application Questions

  • Are you a Pentecostal Christian? How can you answer that question?
  • The book of Acts shows that many different things can fill us and control us. What would you say most fills you and controls you right now? How can we obey the command of Ephesians 5:18 to be filled with the Spirit?

Prayer Focus
Pray for a grace to be a Pentecostal Christian—a witness for Christ in the power of the Spirit.

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