Episode Notes

Pentecost Sunday – Ps Kerrin Wallis [09/06/2019 AM]

Birth of the New Church

  • Pentecost is a feast celebrated every year fifty days after Easter Sunday.
  • A set of 3 feasts held in a row – Passover/Pentecost/Harvest.
  • God is a God who is into feasting.
  • Some people think He is a God who will stop all fun, but God is focussed on joy, feasts and celebration.
  • He is not a boring or rule mongering God.

John 10:10 (NKJV)

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10 (NIV)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

  • Our Church wants people to find life and live it.
  • God wants us to enjoy life.

Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

  • There is a time for fasting and prayer.
  • There is more feasting than fasting.
  • Kerrin feels that God would love KFC if it had been around in His day.

Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)

10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

  • We celebrate because God is good.

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

  • He rewards those who seek Him.
  • The Israelites would remember and celebrate their freedom with the Passover. They celebrated being rescued, safety, refuge, being saved and spared death.
  • The Cross sets us free as the Passover did for the Israelites.
  • Celebrate with joy and freedom. Look to God and His goodness, not ourselves.
  • Each Feast was a 7 day party.
  • The next feast was a celebration of the first fruits of the harvest.
  • They gave the sheaf of wheat in anticipation of God’s blessing.
  • They gave Him their first fruits.
  • They trusted God’s provision first. We need to give to God before we have the fruit. Then thank Him for what He has done.
  • First we give our lives to Christ then trust in faith that the Holy Spirit will work in our lives.
  • Seven weeks later the Israelites made two loaves of bread and brought it to God.
  • They celebrated the harvest and gave thanks to God, then they brought in the harvest and celebrated the fruits of their labour.
  • No-one was excluded in the Pentecost feast. Everyone they met were invited to the feast.
  • They had to give to God in faith before they enjoyed the rest of the Harvest.
  • Everything is yours. God has given it all to you. Now you can enjoy all the rest.
  • The pattern in the Old Testament was:
  1. Thank God for rescuing you
  2. Thank God in advance.
  3. Thank God for the gathering to enjoying the harvest.
  • We need to receive the Holy Spirit in our lives in faith and believe that He will work in our lives.
  • In the Old Testament there is a clear picture of what God will do in the New Testament.
  • Then you will step into what God wants for you.

John 19

John 20:22 (NKVJ)

22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

  • Pattern of threes – Pentecost / First Fruits / Harvest

Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)

2 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.

  • The Old Testament is a shadow of what was to come.

Acts 1:4-8 (NIV)

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized wit] the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

  • The disciples were believers but had to wait for the Holy Spirit before they became dynamic disciples.
  • The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to fill you with power to preach the good news of the Gospel of God for our lives.
  • Pentecost is for everyone, everywhere – all who believe.
  • Peter knew Jesus, saw Him work, but was still timid in the upper room.
  • Fear ruled his life – with the Holy Spirit he became bold.
  • The Holy Spirit is working all the time and people are saved all the time.
  • People need to tell others about the goodness of God.
  • Kerrin’s workmate gave him grief about his Christianity. When the workmate had an accident, Kerrin went to the hospital and prayed for him. Years later Kerrin found out that the workmate had been saved.
  • He was a hard case but God brought him to Himself.
  • The Holy Spirit comes to do the work in people’s lives.
  • Communicate the love of God and this will bring repentance.
  • The disciples received the miraculous sign of speaking in tongues to access the power of God.
  • We need the full experience of Pentecost, receiving our heavenly language and speaking in tongues.

 Jude 1:20-22 (NKJV)

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction;

  • Praying in the Holy Spirit builds up your faith.
  • By faith you believe that God is who He says He is.

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Galatians 5:6 (NKJV)

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

  • God is interested in faith. Love God and love people.
  • The opposite to faith is doubt. Our minds doubt.
  • We have questions in our mind all the time- doubts.
  • The Holy Spirit has a plan for that.
  • Language of prayer bypasses your mind.
  • Your spirit connects with God’s spirit.
  • Your spirit builds faith and influences your mind.
  • The Book of Acts is full of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • They spoke in tongues.
  • In Acts 9 Paul was converted and also received the Holy Spirit. He spoke in tongues and became a changed man preaching the Gospel instead of persecuting Christians.

1 Corinthians 14:18 (NKJV)

18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

  • Cornelius was transformed by the Holy Spirit also.

Acts 10:30 (NKJV)

30 So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’ 33 So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.”

  • We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • We witness miracles when we preach the Power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Churches explode when God’s people reach out.
  • They receive power to live a Christian Life, to change people’s lives.
  • The Holy Spirit releases the ability in you to spread God’s love to the rest of the world.
  • If you only wanted a wedding ring when you got married, you would miss out on all the other blessings of marriage.
  • Likewise without the Power of God in the baptism in the Holy Spirit, you miss out on the full blessings of God.

Suggestions for Discussion Questions

  1. Pentecost is a feast celebrated every year fifty days after Easter Sunday. Discuss your thoughts on what you feel is the reason behind this celebration.
  2. The disciples were believers but had to wait for the Holy Spirit before they became dynamic disciples. How long did you have to wait?
  3. We need to receive the Holy Spirit in our lives in faith and believe that He will work in our lives. Discuss.
  4. Paul said he spoke in tongues more than everyone else. How do you think he was able to do this? Could you?