Church Planting 101

Book Antiqua –

Acts 2:1-13, “1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
 5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia 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!” 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

 13Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.””

Bear with me today, I’m looking at almost the entire book of Acts 2. Usually when people open their Bibles to this page, they’re looking at verses 42-47. Pastors extoll the virtues of the Acts 2 church and say, “Wouldn’t it be great if we were the same way?” Today I want to look at how the Acts 2 church came to be. Welcome to the first Pentecost. No Christian church I’ve attended has celebrated it, but I’ve heard of a few that do celebrate it. I think Christians are afraid to. If the apostles were made fun of and called drunk, what will people say about us? Note that here a case can be made that speaking in tongues is speaking other human languages you don’t really know. In this case, it is a witnessing tool and it did it’s job.

Acts 2:14-21, “14Then 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. 15These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16No, 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.
 18Even on my servants, both men and women,
      I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
      and they will prophesy.
 19I will show wonders in the heaven above
      and signs on the earth below,
      blood and fire and billows of smoke.
 20The sun will be turned to darkness
      and the moon to blood
      before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
 21And everyone who calls
      on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Peter could address the crowd using the book of Joel because he was talking to fellow Jews. Ever since they recieved the Torah (First five books of the Bible), they’ve been teaching their children the Tanach (What we know as the Old Testament). Essentially, not only were these kids getting a school education, but also a daily Sunday school lesson. So by the time they were adults, they knew their scriptures well. Peter stated that the miracle of them being able to speak in these languages was this prophecy comming to pass. So back then it was the last days, the Holy Spirit was being poured out on all people, and everyone who called on the name of the Lord was saved. Today it is still the last days, but we don’t see much of the Holy Spirit and even less calling on the Lord.

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