WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? The Fresh Wind of the Spirit
by Dr. Gregory C. Magruder | May 28, 2017
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 05-28-17
“The Fresh Wind of the Spirit”
INTRODUCTION: We conclude today our series on the Seven Realities of Experiencing God and the post-resurrection experiences of Jesus. We have been asking “Where Do We Go from Here?” God develops our relationship with him, assures us of his love, and invites us to work with him to accomplish his purposes. God’s invitation creates a crisis of belief. Are we going to join him? What we do in response to God’s invitation reveals what we truly believe about God. The good news is that when we accept God’s invitation and join him in his work, we experience God in a personal and powerful way. I come to know God by experience when I obey him and he accomplishes his work through me. Jesus asked the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the gift of the Holy Spirit. He promised them that they would receive power and be his witnesses. The disciples obeyed and experienced God like never before.
GOD IS LOVE. HIS WILL IS ALWAYS BEST (2:1-4).
*You are to focus on your love relationship with God. Be faithful to what God has told you to do already.
- Jesus told his disciples: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about” (Acts 1:4).
- The disciples obeyed and waited in the Upper Room: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting”(2:1-2).
*God will give you the assignment he has for you when you are ready. “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them” (2:3-4).
Obedience is the outward expression of your love to God.
GOD IS ALL-KNOWING. HIS DIRECTIONS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT (2:5-12).
*God sent the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost when thousands of pilgrims had come to Jerusalem to worship. “Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven” (2:5).
*When you follow God’s directives, he can do more in a short time than you could ever do in a lifetime. “When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?’... Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’” (2:6-12).
God’s way is the right way because he knows the future.
GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL. HE CAN ENABLE YOU TO DO HIS WILL (2:14-21; 32-41).
*God empowers you to complete the work he has called you to do. Peter had betrayed Jesus but Jesus led Peter to repent and gave him a new mission (John 21). Filled with the Spirit, Peter stands up and preaches boldly to thousands. “Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem…this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people… And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (2:14-21).
*God calls and equips you. He gives you the power and gifts to accomplish his will. Peter preached: “’God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it…He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear…Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah’ (2:32-36).
*When the people saw God at work among them through the obedient disciples they were drawn to Christ and were saved and baptized. “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’…Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day” (2:37-41).
Affirmation comes after obedience. You experience God when you obey him and he accomplishes his work through you.