Ephesians 3:20 (NLT) - “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Joel 2:28–29 (NIV) - “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
John 14:16–17 (NLT) - ”And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit.”
Luke 24:49 (NLT) - “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
The heart of God is for you and me to experience the Holy Spirit.
Point 1: The Holy Spirit gives us power.
Acts 1:8 (NLT) - But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
"exousia” – power in the Greek - has to do with the POWER OF AUTHORITY.
“dunamis” – piwer in the Greek - is POWER OF ABILITY.
Acts 2:1–21 (NLT) - On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. hey were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!” Then Peter stepped for- ward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are as- suming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy. And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below—blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”
Acts 2:41 (NIV) - Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Point 2: The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:8–11 (NIV) - To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to an- other miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT) - A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NLT) - So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
Acts 2:1-4 (NIV) - “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. 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 as the Spirit enabled them.”
James 3:8 (NLT) - But no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.
“When we have the Holy Spirit we have all that is needed to be all that God desires us to be.” A.W. Tozer
FAMILY CHAT QUESTIONS:
1. After the Day of Pentecost the disciples were different, what happened to them?
2. How does the Holy Spirit work in our life to help us fulfill God’s mission?
3. How does the Holy Spirit help us live faithfully while we wait on Jesus’ return?
4. Do I want all that God has to help me live for Him?