St. Luke's Church Faribault
5-23-2021
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      • Psalm 104:24NIV2011

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  • Happy Birthday Church! Did you know today is often referred to as the Birthday of the Church?
    Today is Pentecost Sunday-It is 50 days after Easter and it is the day the Holy Spirit came to provide power to the early Christians, and to begin the mission of the Church.
    Biblically speaking, the mission of the church is very straightforward and very simple. It can be stated in one sentence. To go and make disciples of all nations and Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit., teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded. Matthew 28:20.
    It is very simple really, but the question is how? How do we as ordinary people who are not teachers teach? How do we create disciples? How doe baptize people?
    Isn’t this God’s job? Shouldn’t God create his church?
    Until Jesus went to heaven, he was there. Right alongside of the disciples. He was preaching, they were there. He was doing miracles, they were there. People were coming into the kingdom, and Jesus was right there alongside of them.
    ANd when Jesus gave the church this mission he said-in Matthew 28:20 and 21 this.
    Matthew 28:19–20 NIV
    19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
    AND I am surely with you-ALWAYS to the very end of the age. How can this be- He went to heaven. He was not with them. Jesus is no longer beside them. How do we us-right here at St. Luke’s do those things. Jesus is not here beside us. He is in heaven on his throne.
    Did Jesus break His promise? God is supposed to keep his promises, we are supposed to be able to trust what he said.
    A common mistake that is made is that we jump to the idea that Jesus’ words are not to be taken literally. This line of thinking was made popular in the time period known as the enlightenment.
    People thought that well, what Jesus means is that He is not really with us, but instead we carry around his memory for inspiration, and motivation.
    They took this to be figurative. But that is not what we read about in Acts. When we read about the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost the event does not look at symbolic, instead it looks tangible.
    50 days after Easter, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the gathering of the believers. the small beginning church. He came to give them power, He came to give them gifts to enable them to fulfill the mission Jesus called them to/ He came to fulfill the promise of Jesus, that He would be with the church.
    So let’s read from the book of Acts chapter 2.
    Acts 2:1 NIV
    1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
    The first thing we want to notice is the togetherness of the early believers. Luke makes a point to show us numerous times in acts that the church was together, both in the physical sense and in agreement. They were together. For instance..
    Acts 1:14 NIV
    14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
    Acts 2:44 NIV
    44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.
    Acts 2:46 NIV
    46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
    Acts 4:24 NIV
    24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.
    And… I’m only at chapter 4. I could go on and on. The church is supposed to be together. The working of the Holy Spirit among this context of the together group of believers.
    With the group assembled together
    Acts 2:2–3 NIV
    2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
    Next we notice that the phenomenon that is occuring is definite, and unmistakable. There is sound, that is filling the room, they see this visual manifestation of tongues of fire.
    There is evidence to everyone present. Often in scripture, when God the the Holy Spirit is appearing there is definite understanding that this is of God. At least among the followers of Christ-Not always the case for the non-believers as we will see.
    Now, we often wonder or wish for a physical manifestation like this. I have seen people really get focused and almost obsessed with looking for evidence. People sometimes purposefully attempt to put steps together to make it likely that they will see events like theses. Attempt to set the stage for a revival if you will. And think to themselves oh if we could only see God working.
    Yet I want you notice something. Sometimes the evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit is right in front of us, and we are too busy looking for the physical fire.
    The evidence, of the Holy Spirit is in the changed life of the born again believer. We have all heard the Teen Challenge stories, right?
    The evidence of the Holy Spirit working is God changing the addict into a worshipper. The fire is God taking the outcast and brings them into the togetherness of the church. The wind of God is taking the hopeless person and blowing new life into their soul.
    Your story, of how God has changed you-your life from what it was before you knew Him, to what is after coming to Christ is just as obvious and visible as tongues of fire and wind, probably more so because your stories last a lifetime. ANd is visible every day.
    After hearing the wind, and seeing the tongues of fire, we have a filling that occurs.
    Acts 2:4 NIV
    4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
    They are now filled with the Holy Spirit. Here is back to my point earlier, they are not carrying around a memory for motivation, or looking to Jesus as an example. They are FILLED with the Holy Spirit. The third person of the Godhead has come to FILL them.
    Think about it.
    Fill, not partial. Fill-Full0 dwelling with them by in them. not alongside of, but in. This idea is something we miss, or downplay. God in us. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians reminds the church of this as way to encourage them to avoid sin.
    1 Corinthians 6:19–20 NIV
    19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
    God present in them actually causes them to behave in a certain way.
    They begin to speak, in these different languages as they were enabled by the Spirit. This is not there own skill of learning a language-- God is giving them the ability to communicate to the nations By HIS POWER So that His message can be proclaimed. This is of God, it is something they cannot do themselves.
    Acts 2:5–11 NIV
    5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
    The disciples speaking in these other languages are not talking about the weather, or the political climate, or the Roman laws. The people hear them DECLARING the wonders of God.
    They are talking about How Great God is. We don’t know exactly, at least not yet, what is exactly said -but they are declaring the wonders of God. God the Holy Spirit works in such a manner as to bring glory to God.
    Acts 2:12 NIV
    12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
    Declaring the wonders of God only goes so far- It only brings people to a certain point- The wonders of God need to be explained -to be exposited. It needs to be preached.
    The wonders of God can be seen and must be declared to the world. To the people you meet in your family, at your work place, online, radio movies, wherever, but that isn’t usually quite enough to bring people to salvation.
    Knowing that God made the stars, or that there is a God is a starting point only.
    This general understanding of God is sort of nebulous, but at some point it provokes questions. We at some point want to know more. Yeah there are stars in the sky, where does it come from? Why? There is a baby that is a miracle there must be a God who can make life like that. But what does life mean? The wonders of God in some cause more questions.
    But at some point some people move from general wondering, to the specific. Maybe you have made that step. Maybe someone here today is wondering Who is this God this creator? How do I fit in? What happens when I die?
    One great lie the world tries to tell people at this point is that we cannot know. These are just questions-Pick any religion they are all the same.
    But as we said earlier, at some point, for them as it is for us, there is this question what does it mean?
    For these people ion that day they asked --What does this mean?
    Be careful of the answer....
    Acts 2:13 NIV
    13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
    There are always those that try and explain away the working of God-The come up with all kinds of explanations and reason.
    But God has called His church, to the mission of explaining to people and giving them the answers. Even when people are RIGHT THERE in the middle trying to expalin it away.
    Acts 2:14–15 NIV
    14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!
    Notice Peter does not get too phased by the opposition. He addresses it quickly and concisely-then moves on- The are not drunk as you say- Its only 9:00 AM- Done. No need to go on focused on the opposition-DO not let the enmey take your focus off the purpose of the church-The opposition is God’s battle to fight.
    Im not saying there is no place for debate or apologetics, just that the mission of the Church is clear and focused.
    There are real issue-political-social-economic- but the church is to present the Gospel.
    Acts 2:14–20 NIV
    14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
    Then Peter Preaches to them. Filled with the Holy Spirit, remember what I have been saying for weeks, Find the Holy Spirit and the word of God is nearby, right?
    So Peter begins to explain to them from their context from their point of view, from something they would know about.
    When you are speaking to someone, it is important to meet them where they are, right? Theses people are jews, they are familiar with the Old Testament so Peter preaches from the book of Joel.
    He quotes Joel 2:28-32, and tells them that a day of Judgement is coming. He points out to them, that theses events that occuring, are marking the beginning of the end.
    He draws their attention to their mortality, and weakness and he contrasts it with power and authority of Almighty God.
    But he does not leave them there.
    Notice the progression here.
    God is wonderful-look at what he can do. Now, that we have established that there is a God, at least for sime of the people-not everyone-there are those that choose to believe that this is public drunkenss, but for those that do listen.
    There is an end in sight people. Wether it is the end of the world, or you own end an end is coming.
    Now, He must sow Him the hope. SOmetimes religious people stop right here-Condemation is not a spiritual gift.
    Yes, sin is sin, people need to know that there is a judgement, but they meed to here about hope, they need to hear that they can be rescued from the last days. They need to be pulled from the flames, , They need to know there is a rescuer.
    Acts 2:21 NIV
    21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
    Now, with the rescuer established they need to hear specifically who that is. They already know of God the Father, We have established that in point one.
    Now we have to get specific. Is it Buddah or Muhamend, who is it.
    Acts 2:22 NIV
    22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
    It is Jesus-specifically Jesus of Nazerth. He did miracles, no doubt about that.
    Acts 2:23 NIV
    23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
    Now, he indicts all all unbelievers, no doubt these people were not exactly the people that handed Jesus over, but they are guilty by association, They have a collective gyilt, just as all the human race has a collective guilt. For all have sinned and fall shor tof the glory of God. It might as well say Fellow people of Faribault this Jesus who you discount, ignore, do not worship, This Jesus who you think is jjust anither teacher, This Jesus who is just a good man.
    God the Father had a deliberate plan. a plan set into motion before the stars were placed in the sky A plan that God the Father to rescue from from the flames, was put into effect wicked people.
    God used the woicked to rescue the wek and the outcast, adn those that pleased Him to save.,
    So He put Jesus of Nazareth to dseath on a cross to rescue you.
    Acts 2:24 NIV
    24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
    BUt Gid RAISED Him from the dead-becaase it was imposssible for death to keep its hold on Him.
    Becasue the wages of sin is death, and He has no sin.
    Then I am going to skip down to verse 32,
    Acts 2:32 NIV
    32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.
    This is peters personal testimony- I know. We know! We have seen It. I know I have been changed. The asddict knows they have been changed, The adulter knows they have been pirfied..
    Acts 2:33 NIV
    33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
    ANd Jesus pours out the the holy SPirit on His beloived the church.
    WHat can we take away from this today.
    The church needs to get together on the simple mission of proclaiming the gospel, We have been given the Holy SPirit, and God’s word to enable us.
    We are the church. It is certainly us here as well as the believers in faribault, the church in Minnesota The United States and the world.
    How.
    We reach them were they are
    Explain the Bible to them
    Call them to sense of who they are and who God Is.
    Specifically idetify the plan
    Jesus died on the crooss rose from the dead is seated at the right hand,
    We must be evidance
    We are filled with SPirit.
      • Matthew 28:19–20NIV2011

      • Acts 2:1NIV2011

      • Acts 1:14NIV2011

      • Acts 2:44NIV2011

      • Acts 2:46NIV2011

      • Acts 4:24NIV2011

      • Acts 2:2–3NIV2011

      • Acts 2:4NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 6:19–20NIV2011

      • Acts 2:5–11NIV2011

      • Acts 2:12NIV2011

      • Acts 2:13NIV2011

      • Acts 2:14–15NIV2011

      • Acts 2:14–20NIV2011

      • Acts 2:21NIV2011

      • Acts 2:22NIV2011

      • Acts 2:23NIV2011

      • Acts 2:24NIV2011

      • Acts 2:32NIV2011

      • Acts 2:33NIV2011

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