ACTS 2

7 Outlines

 

Acts 2 etc.

THE WAY WE WERE

 

Do you ever wish that we could "turn back the clock" and live "the way we were" or the way we used to be?  Perhaps we could go back to the days of hard work, decency, and integrity. Perhaps we could go back to the days when more marriages lasted a life time and when families often lived close by and took care of their own.

 

It would be nice if the Christian Church could turn back the clock and return to the way we were at the beginning of Christianity.  Perhaps we can't turn back the clock for Christianity in general, but individual churches can practice being more like the church found in the Book of Acts.

 

WE WERE STEADFAST - Acts 2:42

To be steadfast is to be stubborn in a good way. To be steadfast is to consistent and not to quit, not to let down and not to stop. The early church was steadfast in doctrine (teaching), fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers.

 

WE WERE STIRRED UP - Acts 8:1-4

Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15 and Acts 1:8 give the Great Commission.

The early church had not yet begun to carry it out.

When persecution began the church scattered. As they fled, they were so excited or stirred up about their newfound faith, that they shared it with others. They were enthused about salvation and burdened that others would come to Christ.

 

WE WERE SHEPHERDED

There were Godly leaders who shepherded the church (1 Peter 5:1-4).

 

Acts 5:1-11 - Ananias and Sapphira were disciplined through Peter.

Acts 6:1-8 - Deacons were selected to solve a dispute.

Acts 13:1-3 - Missionaries were sent.

Acts 15:1-24 - Godly shepherding by James resolved another dispute.

 

 

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Acts 2:1-13

THE SPIRIT ARRIVES

 

The church was "born" on the Day of Pentecost. It was also the day that the Holy Spirit baptized and took up residence within the believers.

 

In chapter 1 of Acts our Lord gave His final commands to His disciples.  They were to wait in Jerusalem for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  They were then to carry out the great commission. Acts 1:8 Our Lord then ascended into Heaven, and the disciples returned to Jerusalem, and waited prayerfully. During that time, Matthias was chosen as the successor to Judas.

 

THE DAY Vs. 1

The day of this event was a Jewish holy day called Pentecost.

The feasts of the Old Testament are pictures of the work of Christ.

Passover was a picture of his death.

The feast of Firstfruits, held the day after the first Sabbath after Passover, was a picture of His resurrection.

At Pentecost the Jews celebrated the giving of the law.

At Pentecost the church was given the Holy Spirit.

Pentecost took place 50 days after the feast of first fruits.

That is, 7 weeks and one day.

The day was Pentecost, and the disciples were being obedient.

They were waiting in Jerusalem, perhaps in the Upper Room, or some other room of a house.  There is a possibility it was at the temple. It was probably at least a place close to the temple.

 

They were in one accord and in one place.

This early church was unified around the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is certainly a lesson that the 20th century church needs to learn.

 

THE DISPLAY Vss. 2-3

 

The Holy Spirit had been with the disciples, but on the Day of Pentecost, He began to indwell the disciples.  John 14:16-17

 

When God sent the Holy Spirit to indwell the church, he sent signs.

There was a display so that the disciples would know that the promise of the Spirit had come.

 

Vs. 2 - There wasn't a wind. There was the sound of a mighty rushing wind. I wonder if it sounded like a hurricane.

The word "spirit" is the same as "wind" in both Hebrew and Greek.

 

John 3:8 - "THE WIND BLOWETH WHERE IT LISTETH, AND THOU HEAREST THE SOUND THEREOF, BUT CANST NOT TELL WHENCE IT COMETH, AND WHITHER IT GOETH: SO IS EVERY ONE THAT IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT."

 

We can hear wind. We can feel wind. We can see the results of the wind. But we don't see the wind, and we can't control the wind.

 

We can hear the Spirit, as He speaks to us. We can feel the Spirit.

We can see the results of the Spirit's work. But we don't see the Spirit, and we can't control the Spirit.

 

Vs. 3 - The next sign was that of fire.

          

Fire burns away that which is useless. Fire purifies. Fire warms. Fire is powerful. Fire can usually be seen.

 

The Holy Spirit burns away that which is useless. The Holy Spirit purifies us. The Holy Spirit warms us. The Holy Spirit is powerful. Fire can be seen. Perhaps the fire was symbolic of the witness that the believers would have through the Holy Spirit

 

THE DETAILS Vs. 4

This verse tells us what happened to the disciples. Here are the details.

It does not say that they were baptized, but obviously they were.

This was the promise of John, that Jesus would baptize them. Matthew 3:11

Jesus had also promised it. Acts 1:5.

Today every believer is baptized with the Holy Spirit at conversion. 1 Corinthians 12:13

Not only were the believers baptized with the Holy Spirit, but they were filled with the Spirit..

We are all to be filled with the Holy Spirit today. "There is one baptism but many fillings." Ephesians 5:18

 

The disciples began to speak with other tongues, languages. It was as the Spirit gave utterance. Speaking in tongues, was totally under the control of the Spirit of God.

 

THE DEMONSTRATION Vss. 5-11

Vs. 5 - There were various groups of devout in Jerusalem, many of whom were probably there because of the feast.

 

Vs. 6 - When they heard the sound of the mighty rushing wind, they came to investigate. Every man heard him in his own language. Tongues were known languages. The listeners understood the speakers.

 

THE DIVISION Vss. 12-13

It was obvious that Galilaeans were speaking. They were generally considered unlearned.

People wondered what was going on. Others doubted and mocked accusing them of being drunk.

 

 

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Acts 2:1-13

PENTECOST

 

THE PLACE OF PENTECOST - Vs. 1

They were in one accord in one place.

 

THE POWER OF PENTECOST - Vss. 2-3

 

THE PRESENCE OF PENTECOST - Vs. 4

The presence was that of the Holy Spirit. He caused the disciples to speak in other languages.

 

THE PERPLEXITY OF PENTECOST - Vss. 5-13

Everyone heard the disciples speak "the wonderful works of God" in their own languages.

Many were confused, some mocked, saying the disciples were drunk.

 

THE PROMISE OF PENTECOST - Acts 1:8

 

 

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Acts 2:14-36

PETER SPEAKS OUT

 

On the Day of Pentecost Peter, who once denied his Lord, speaks out in the power of the Holy Spirit.  His message may be summarized in this way:

 

THE PROCLAMATION OF PROPHECY – Vss. 14-21

 

THE PASSION AND POWER OF JESUS – Vss. 22-24

 

THE PREDICTION OF DAVID – Vss. 25-31

 

THE PREEMINENCE OF JESUS – Vss. 32-36

 

 

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Acts 2:37-47

A MODEL CHURCH

 

I think that it would be great for us to be a model church, one where others would look at us and say, “Now that’s the kind of church I want ours to be!”

 

If we are going to be a model church, we need a model to follow. That model is found in Acts 2, where we find a description of how things were in the early church.  Here we see the church in Jerusalem getting off to a good start!

 

Allow me to remind you of something, as we examine this church.  The church consists of people. It is what we do as individuals that will determine what we are like as a church. 

 

Therefore it is important that you and I as individuals follow the example of the model church.

 

BY WAY OF BACKGROUND

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ had died for our sins, the just for the unjust. He was crucified. He had been buried. He rose again, and appeared to the Apostles, and others.

 

Before ascending into heaven, the Lord told His followers to remain In Jerusalem until they were baptized by the Holy Spirit.

 

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit did take place on the Day of Pentecost. These men were able to speak in understandable languages.

 

In Acts 2:14-36, Peter gave a Spirit-filled sermon, explaining what happened.  The sermon included the fact that Jesus Christ was the Messiah, and that He had been crucified by them. At the end of this very powerful message, we find the first ingredient of a mighty church.

 

ONE FAITH Vss. 37-41

 

The early church had one simple faith that was necessary for any person to be truly considered a part of that local church.  A person needed to be saved, or born-again.  And in those days, a person who trusted Christ was baptized immediately.

 

Vs. 37 - Notice there is conviction here. The words pricked in the heart mean "sharp pain associated with anxiety and remorse."

When a person is "born again", or saved, or the process begins with a conviction that there is something wrong.

 

He or she is convicted of sin by the Holy Spirit of God.

He or she is convicted that what or who they had trusted for salvation is inadequate, just not working.

 

In this case, those who heard Peter's message would have been convicted, that they, as a nation, had rejected and crucified their Messiah!  Among these people were many self-righteous Jews, who were trusting the Law in order to be saved.  They would have been convicted that the Law does not save. It just shows them how guilty they are. They would have been convicted that they needed a Savior.

 

Today, many people are trusting their good works to save them. But how many good works does it take to qualify for Heaven?

 

Some people are trusting church membership to save them, but church membership never saved anyone. Neither did Baptism, taking Holy Communion or keeping the Ten Commandments.

 

God's Holy Spirit convicts of sin.

God's Holy Spirit convicts that the other ways of getting to Heaven, are not ways of getting to Heaven

God's Holy Spirit convicts a person that He or she needs something better than they have in order to have forgiveness and eternal life.

 

Notice that these men wanted to know, "What shall we do?"

 

Vs. 38 - Peter gives a simple answer, "REPENT".

 

It means to have a change of heart.

It is to leave behind, or walk away from your past life of sin and disobedience, and to trust Jesus Christ as your only way to Heaven. John 3:36

 

I invite you, if you haven't already to turn away from everything else as a means of salvation, and trust Christ alone.

 

Vs. 38 - Regeneration or being born again produces two things.

 

The first is remission of sins. When a person turns to faith in Christ his sins are dealt with. His sins are forgiven. They are no longer held against him. His slate, so to speak, is clean. Psalm 32:1

 

Besides the remission of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit is also given to each person who trusts Christ as Savior.

 

Since Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit has taken place each time a person is born again.

1 Corinthians 12:13

 

When a person is saved, the Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence. God comes to live inside of each of us who are saved!

 

Vs. 38 - Please note that it is repentance, turning to Christ which produces the remission of sins and the entrance of the Holy Spirit into the life. Many other verses in Scripture tell us that it is faith alone that saves!

But, there is to be an outward sign of what has happened inwardly. There is to be a believer's baptism. These folks were told to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

They were doing this because their sins had been remitted, forgiven. Believer's baptism is a testimony of one's faith in Christ.

 

These folks were told to be baptized. Please note that any time baptism is mentioned in the Bible that it always takes place after someone has made some sort of commitment.

 

It is not necessary to be baptized to be saved, but it is necessary in order to follow Christ in total obedience.

 

Vs. 41 - Those that gladly received the message of Peter were baptized after they had trusted Christ as Savior.

 

The model church has one faith - faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

The testimony of that faith is believer's baptism.

Are you saved? Have you been baptized?

 

ONE FAITH

ONE FAMILY

 

When a person becomes a born-again Christian, he or she inherits a new family.

John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:

 

Vs. 42 - Each one of us who are saved is now part of the family of God. It means we are all brothers and sisters. There is certain behavior that is to be practiced in the model church family.  They are shown to us here. I see four qualities which we should practice in this part of the Family of God.

 

1. THE FAMILY CONTINUED.

 

The church is not a place to drop in, get saved, and never come back. Someone who is truly committed to Christ is going to continue.

Notice how they continued. It was steadfastly.

 

The word steadfastly here literally means to be strong towards.

It means to endure in or persevere in.

When it says that they were steadfast it means that they were faithful. They could be counted on.

 

Notice that they continued steadfastly in the Apostles' doctrine.

 

The word doctrine here means "teaching".

The Apostles instructed the new believers.

It is of extreme importance that you are taught today, no matter if you are a new believer or an older one.

 

Good doctrine tells you how to live.

Good doctrine keeps you from blowing it.

Good doctrine perfects you for the work of service.

 

Without being taught and trained from God’s authority, the Bible, you will not mature in the things of the Lord Jesus Christ.

You will not be a model Christian.

We will not have a model church. 2 Timothy 4:2, 1 Timothy 4:13

 

Not only did these early converts continue in doctrine, but in fellowship.  The word here means "communion". Not the Lord's Table, but rather a sharing in common.  Here, I believe they are talking about sharing in their faith. As we share with each other what the Lord is doing in our lives, and what we are learning from the word of God, we will strengthen others.

 

Why do we need this fellowship?

Once we make a clear cut decision for Jesus Christ, we are going to experience rejection by those who don't believe. We will find ourselves to be a minority.

 

Let us, as family, have fellowship - Fellowship before and after services - Fellowship in testimony times - Fellowship in each other's homes - Fellowship at the Dairy Queen. But fellowship!

 

Part of fellowship included "Breaking of Bread".

This probably included Christians eating together on a regular basis, and the practice of remembering the Lord's Table sometime during those get-togethers.

 

The Lord instituted this memorial so that we would remember Him, and what He has done for us.  Don't neglect the participation in the Lord's Supper.

 

One last thing in which they continued was prayers.

Here, it is referring to public prayers.

There is a place for public prayer.

There is a place for private prayer.

We should participate in both. Acts 4:31

 

1. THE FAMILY CONTINUED

2. THE FAMILY WAS UNITED Vs. 44

 

This again reminds us of fellowship.

Here was a group that spent time with each other.

Here was a group that got along with each other.

This was probably a group that didn't let little matters bother them. And when big matters came up, they resolved them! Philippians 2:1-3

 

THE FAMILY CONTINUED

THE FAMILY UNITED

3. THE FAMILY SHARED Vss. 44-45

 

This was not communism, folks.

This was simply the people of God sharing with each other voluntarily, in order to meet needs.

The communal type living found here was temporary,

 

What do we learn from these verses?

We should be willing to share with those in need.

We should be willing to help meet the needs of other Christians. 1 John 3:16-18

 

When we take meals to those in need we are sharing.

When take a special offering for a special project to help someone, we are sharing.

When we contribute to the Deacons’ benevolent fund we are sharing.

Any time we, as individuals reach out to help a brother or sister, physically, spiritually, or emotionally, we are sharing! Galatians 6:10

 

THE FAMILY CONTINUED

THE FAMILY UNITED

THE FAMILY SHARED

THE FAMILY REJOICED Vss. 46-47a

 

Why did they have gladness?

·       Because of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead

·       Because of the forgiveness of sin and eternal life

·       Because they worshipped together

·       Because they fellowshipped together

·       Because they shared together

·       Because they were united

 

No wonder, they had gladness.

No wonder they had singleness of heart.

They were certainly living out the command of Jesus in John 13:34-35!

 

They were certainly carrying out the command of Psalm 100:1

 

We wonder why churches today are not places of gladness and praise to God. Each person needs to ask himself. Am I acting the way I should as a family member?

 

Am I continuing in teaching, fellowship, The Lord's Table and prayers with my brothers and sisters?

Am I united with my brothers and sisters?

Am I sharing with my brothers and sisters?

Am I rejoicing with my brothers and sisters?

 

ONE FAITH

ONE FAMILY

ONE FORCE - Vs. 47

 

Notice the positive testimony that the church had in the community!  They were one united force for Christ!

Later the church would be persecuted.

But early on there is a positive attitude towards the church!

 

When the world sees a church that loves God and loves and cares for its people, there is going to be a positive reaction. People will want what we have!

 

And notice who did the adding to the church.

The conditions were pleasing to God, and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved!

 

The Lord Jesus will build His church here, if we are a model church.

 

To be a model church, you and I must do our part.

 

ONE FAITH - Trust in Christ alone, evidenced by baptism.

 

ONE FAMILY -

THEY CONTINUED

THEY UNITED

THEY SHARED

THEY REJOICED

        

ONE FORCE

 

This is an elaboration on a previously shared outline.

 

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Acts 2:37-47

A LIVING CHURCH

 

Today there are many churches that are Spiritually dead.  For churches today to be alive it would help to study the

 

CONVERSION - Vss. 37-41

Many came to Christ as Savior.

 

CONTINUATION - Vs. 42

The converts continued in:

Doctrine

Fellowship

Breaking of Bread

Prayers

 

CONDUCT - Vss. 43-47

Here is a list of the behavior found in that early, living church.

Fear, Vs. 43

Miracles, Vs. 43

Sharing, Vss. 44-45

Gladness - Vs. 46

Unity - Vs. 46

Praise - Vs. 47

Testimony - Vs. 47

Salvation - Vs. 47

 

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Acts 2:44-47

FAITH AT WORK

 

THE UNITY OF FAITH - Vss. 44, 46

THE UNSELFISHNESS OF FAITH - Vs. 45

THE UTTERANCES OF FAITH - Vs. 47 - They praised God.

THE UNIQUENESS OF FAITH - Vs. 47 - They had favor with all people.  The Lord added to the church daily.

 

 

 

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