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3 Symbols Of Pentecost
Today we begin our study of one of the most important events in the history of the church - Pentecost! What does it mean? What happened? Why is it so important? What is the significance of that event to our church today? We begin a close examination of Acts 2, today studying only the first 4 verses - but oh are they packed with meaning!
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    2 Marion Ave, Mansfield, OH 44903, USA
    Sunday 11:00 AM
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Here at Church Requel we want to celebrate the good news of Jesus in a way that makes sense and relates to every day people. From the songs we sing (contemporary) to the clothes we wear (casual) to the language we use (understandable) we want to be “requel” in our approach. We want to retell the story that has been around for more than 2,000 years in a new, fresh way with a message each week that is straight from the Bible. We invite you to join us as we sing, pray, celebrate and learn from the Word of God.
Community Night Of Worship
On Tuesday, June 19th Church Requel will join 6 other churches
along with their worship leaders and pastors for a Spirit filled interdenominational night of praise to our Lord at the Renaissance Theater. The doors open at 6:30. The event is completely free due to donations from the churches involved. This has been an awesome event the past two years. It’s been so wonderful to see Brandi join the other worship musicians. We hope you plan on being there!
Church Picnic - June 24th
Our first fun outing will be on Sunday, June 24th. After church we’ll all head straight over to North Lake Park for a great time of fun, fellowship and food! This will be a potluck meal so be thinking about what you favorite side dish or dessert you might want to share. The church will provide the burgers, hot dogs, buns, lemonade and water, along all the paper plates and eating utensils. We’ll also have some fun games to play after the meal. AND we’ll take our annual church photo - so everyone plan to come and have a good time!
Food Pantry
We continue to need non-perishable foods. When you come to church Sunday mornings bring some food to share with others, who may be sitting in the pew next to you. The Food Pantry is downstairs and will be open for 15 minutes after each Sunday service. You are welcome to receive food if you have a need. We are looking for volunteers to work in the food pantry 15 minutes each Sunday. Please see Sheri if you are able to help.

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3 Symbols of Pentecost - Acts 2:1-4 NIV

What does “Pentecost” mean?

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” Acts 2:1 NIV

A. πεντηκοστῆς, pentēkostēs literally means ______________ .

Proper name for the 50th day. The 2nd of three great Jewish feasts.
(1) Passover in the spring;
(2) Pentecost, 50 days later - Feast of Unleavened Bread - first harvest
(3) Tabernacles (in the fall) harvest.
At Pentecost, Jews offered 1st fruits of the new grain.

We must view this day in the context of Jesus’ instructions from 1:4-8. “Baptized with HS.” “Power when the HS comes upon you.” “witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”

B. The meaning of Pentecost is God’s equipping His church with the power of His Spirit so that He will be glorified among the nations.We never think of Acts Chapter 2 without understanding it in context of ch. 1!

Symbol #1 - ______________________

“Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2 NIV

Not just a wind that they heard inside the room, but from all around!

“When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment.” Acts 2:6a

This had two impacts - one immediate and one forever. The first and immediate impact was the attention it grabbed. Something big is happening! Right now! Don’t miss it. Not just for disciples but for all. It gathered a crowd. T

he 2nd impact is one we still recognize..

The sound of the wind was a picture of _____________

We can hear wind and see and feel it’s power, but it’s invisible to us.

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 NIV

Interestingly, the disciples heard the noise, but there was no indication that they felt the blowing. Rather it was a miraculous sound from Heaven loud enough to gather a crowd. Fascinating truth: the word for spirit and wind are the same in BOTH Hebrew and Greek!!! The Holy Spirit, like the wind, is a mighty power, but we cannot see Him. We can only see His effects.

Symbol #2 - _________________________

“They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” Acts 2:3 NIV

Important language - “what seemed to be…” they really couldn’t know what in fact it was. They could only describe what it looked like to them.

The appearance of fire symbolizes ________________ .

Throughout the Bible, fire symbolizes God’s Presences. Example -
“Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.” Exodus 3:2NIV

Later Israel was guided and protected by a pillar of fire. John the Baptist predicted that Jesus would baptize with HS and fire. Jesus himself…

“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” Luke 12:49

Hebrews 12:29 describes God as a consuming fire. Fire brings both heat and light. Heat of a fire consumes the dross, purifying. Or destroying those that have no gold inside them. Fire - zeal that Christians have (not luke-warm!) Also illumination that God brings to spiritual darkness.

These first two (sound of wind / appearance of fire) should govern how we understand the next. I’m calling these symbols. They really did happen, but not the example of what happens to every Christian who receives the Spirit today. The third is no different…

Symbol #3 - _________________________

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (or languages) as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:4 NIV

The NIV gives us a footnote which explains that this word for tongues could also be translated languages. Indeed there were Jewish people there for passover who spoke many different languages. Suddenly, unexpectedly, unexplainably, the disciples could speak in their language and be understood. (More next week.) But important for now to note that this speaking in other tongues was not an ecstatic utterance or a God language. It literally was the miraculous ability to speak a foreign language that they had not studied that native speakers understood.

We combine the “appearance of tongues” with now the fact that the disciples began to speak in other tongues miraculously enabled by the HS. God’s Holy Power comes upon people through God’s Holy Word.

The other languages symbolize proclamation of ____________ .

These disciples / apostles were charged with spreading God’s Word. But how could they if they couldn’t speak the language. So God - through HS - provided a miracle to give them the ability to be understood. But not just for any message… specifically for God’s message, what we call gospel:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 NIV

Do you notice how closely the Apostle Paul’s verse in Romans 1:16 matches Jesus’ instruction in Acts 1? The gospel message begins with the Jews, but doesn’t remain there. It moves beyond the boundaries of Jerusalem, beyond the restrictions of the Hebrew faith. This is the story of much of the rest of Acts and the New Testament.

Combine the 3 symbols with Jesus’ Instructions.What do we have?

(1) Sound of the VIOLENT WIND -God’s invisible power. We cannot see the Holy Spirit, but we know He is with us because we can see His effects in our lives. We are not expected to accomplish God’s mission through our power, but rather through our weakness use God’s power!

(2) Tongues of Fire - God’s Presence in our lives. Just like the Israelites never proceeded without the Pillar of Fire, we are never expected to go and witness for God without God within us. He never leaves us. He never forsakes us, no matter what trials we may be going through.

(3) Speaking in Tongues - God’s Holy Word. We are not expected to be able to argue or become an expert in our rightness or anyone else’s wrongness. We should become fluent in God’s Holy Word. His Word is the language that translates into all languages and can be understood and accepted by all people!

Important to note - We may not experience the sound of violent wind, or see the appearance of tongues of fire or suddenly speak in another foreign language. But when the Holy Spirit is alive in us - as He is promised to every Christian - we will know His Power, experience His Presence, and speak His Word.

Pentecost still means God equipping His church with the power of His Spirit so that He will be glorified among the nations.

Are you on mission? Are you in His Spirit?

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