Pentecost – What A Day!

I imagine that the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2 has been talked about amongst Christians since the historical event took place.  What an amazing event!  So much emotion was involved in that day for so many people involved I’m sure.  Imagine, the disciples are still stunned that their teacher had died and been raised again to life.  Jesus, after his resurrection spent 40 days speaking with his disciples about the Kingdom.  To have an intensive study, discussion or fellowship for one day on the Kingdom is nice – imagine 40, being taught by the King of the Kingdom himself!

Much has been discussed about this incredibile day and often times people will hold it as the standard for many things – the receiving of the spirit, manifesting the spirit, the preaching of the gospel, salvation, etc.  On the day the church was founded, what can we learn for our own church now, almost 2000 years later?

One of my favorite parts of the Pentecost record is the response of the people after hearing Peter preach.

Acts 2:37 – Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”

This sets up the beautiful event that follows:

Acts 2:38-47 – Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 

So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.  And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

There is a lot in there I know, but consider what is described here.  3,000 people respond to the gospel and become Christians.  These people continue together and follow the teaching of the apostles, fellowshipping, breaking bread together and prayer.  They felt amazing and saw the spirit working.  They shared what they had together and gave to those with needs – the really formed a tight community, separate from the world.

Who doesn’t want to see this!?  Who doesn’t want to go to a church like this?!  I think in many ways Acts 2 does give us a Biblical model for how the church should be today – how the church is formed and sustained.

So, what is needed to see these things? 

  • To see these specific results, what is needs to be done?  Not done?
  • Do you think these verses give a description of how our churches should be today? 
  • What elements do you see today?

Perhaps re-reading Acts 2 in its entirety would be helpful.  Looking forward to your thoughts.

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