Worship Service May 23, 2021

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May. 23, 2021

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Pentecost

Tracing Our Roots

Acts 2:1-21

1. Introduction

     a. Pentecost Sunday: The Sunday the church has historically celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit and the expanding of the ____________ of God to the ends of the earth.

“The Kingdom of God is where the Father's rule is exercised through the Son by the power of the Spirit where that reign and rule of God is willingly obeyed, gloriously displayed, and happily enjoyed among His people.”

Steve Timmis

     b. This is biblically, as well as ____________, how believers and followers of Jesus have learned to submit to the God of the Bible…the process of sanctification.

          i. …willingly ____________ the Word of God…we discover the “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots” in the Bible are about your joy and God’s glory.

          ii. …gloriously ____________ of God’s goodness and grace to the rest of the world.

          iii. …happily ____________ among God’s people.

"I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity."

C.S. Lewis

          iv. Far too many of us settle the momentary ____________ instead of long-term joy of the soul that transcends circumstances.

2. The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13)

     a. Pentecost is when the ____________ would celebrate the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai.

     b. It was one of three Jewish festivals (Festival of Weeks: Shavuot) that required a pilgrimage to ____________ if one had the means.

“But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’”

Acts 2:13

     c. It's here we get a clear picture of how ___________ folks who try to control what God does will then, in turn, mock an outpouring of God's Spirit that dismantles their faulty understanding of Him.  

3. John Wesley’s Understanding of the Holy Spirit

“Holy Ghost, no more delay; Come, and in thy temple stay:  Now thine inward witness bear, Strong, and permanent, and clear:  Spring of life, thyself impart; Rise eternal in my heart.”

The Spirit of God Dwelleth In You, Charles Wesley

     a. Tracing Our Roots…

          i. Wesleyans are Holy Spirit ____________.  

          ii. From its inception, the Methodist Revival was a Spirit-born resurgence of ____________ Christianity.

          iii. John Wesley was criticized for many things, but perhaps the most common charge against him was “____________.”  His insistence on the direct, palpable, daily influence of the Spirit in the Christian life rubbed like sandpaper against the dry, formal Christianity of his day.

     b. The Holy Spirit

          i. The Holy Spirit provides ____________ with conviction of their lostness and sin.

          ii. The Holy Spirit provides the ____________ of new birth.

          iii. The Christian life is life under the ____________ of the Holy Spirit.

          iv. The supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit did not cease, but merely got lost in the worldliness of a ____________ church.

          v. The Holy Spirit provides ____________ of salvation.

“The sum of all this is: The testimony of the Spirit is an inward impression on the souls of believers, whereby the Spirit of God directly testifies to their spirit, that they are children of God.”

          vi. To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be a living ____________ of Christ.

          vii. Do not ____________ the Holy Spirit.

“Now, if the Holy Spirit be the sign, the seal, and the security of our salvation, then, by grieving him by our sins, we break up this seal with our own hands, we cancel our firmest security, and, as much as in us lies, reverse our own title to eternal life… Besides this, the Holy Spirit within us is the security of our salvation; he is likewise an earnest of it, and assures our spirits that we have a title to eternal happiness.”

4. “For Those Who Believe…The Story ____________ Ends”

     a. The Holy Spirit was here on earth before Pentecost, but on the Day of Pentecost He came to ____________ believers. This was the new aspect of the Holy Spirits work.

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

1 Corinthians 3:16

     b. The Holy Spirit is the ____________ to lead and guide us into truth.   Without the Holy Spirit, the Bible becomes a book of history, a book of facts.  The Holy Spirit teaches the truths of the Bible.  

“This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.”

John 14:17

     c. The Holy Spirit had been in the world, but Jesus says that now He “will be in you.”

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  For this reason, the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.”

Romans 8:5-11

     d. The Good News: God doesn't need you to get your act together…As a believer, the Spirit is at work in you, helping you get your act together as you become more and more like ___________!”