On the day of Pentecost (50 days after Christ’s resurrection), the Holy Spirit filled the disciples and they started to speak in tongues such that everyone could understand them in their own native language. This amazed and confused the people—how could these Galileans speak our language?
Peter gave a very powerful sermon at the Pentecost. I’ll explore the sermon more in depth below. After the sermon, he calls the audience to repent receive baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and they received the Holy Spirit.
The author of Acts (most scholars believe it to be Luke) also describes the fellowship of the Believers. I’ll get into that as well.
Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost
Peter, an uneducated Galilean, started reciting the words of the prophet Joel and King David. This is most definitely the Holy Spirit giving him the words to speak.
He recounted that Jesus performed mighty works through God, died by the hands of lawless men, and raised up by God because it was not possible for death to hold Him.
Finally, Peter calls them to repent and receive baptism:
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.Acts 2:38
The Fellowship of the Believers
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.Acts 2:42
And all who believed were together and had all things in common.Acts 2:44
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.Acts 2:46-47
This feels like the Golden Age of ministry and fellowship. Can you imagine living in community together with fellow believers all day and having people saved everyday?
I think back in the day when peoples’ lives were much more simple, it was easier to see the blessings of God.
Today, people are too individualistic. I wonder what it was like when families lived together.
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