The Day Of Pentecost

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The Day of Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost [a]had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire [b]distributing themselves, and [c]they [d]rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other [e]tongues, as the Spirit was giving them [f]utterance.

Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own [g]language. They were amazed and astonished, saying, “[h]Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we each hear them in our own [i]language [j]to which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and [k]Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and [l]visitors from Rome, both Jews and [m]proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.” 12 And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others were mocking and saying, “They are full of [n]sweet wine.”

Discussion Questions

October 14th ,2018

 1. In verse 1 we see that on the Day of Pentecost the believers were all together - what is significant about the Jewish Feast of Pentecost as the day the Holy Spirit came? See Leviticus 23:15-21.

2. In verse 2-4 the Holy Spirit manifested Himself in three sensory ways: SOUND (verse 2), SIGHT (verse 3), SPEECH (verse 4). Why do you think God the Holy Spirit showed Himself in these ways? What is the significance?

3. In verses 5-11 we see people from a wide variety of places in Jerusalem and all hearing the Galilean believers speaking in the native languages of those listening. Find a map (often in the back of Bibles) and look up the places cited in these verses. What do you think God was demonstrating here? How does this tie in with Jesus’ directive in Acts 1:8?

4. Verse 12 is a key turning point from WHAT HAPPENED to WHAT IT MEANT, “What does this mean?” Verses 14-36 answer this question in Peter’s sermon. What meaning does the Day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts, Chapter 2 have for us today? For you personally?

5. Note that even at the beginning of the Church, God’s activity was mocked by some; see Exodus 7:8-13 and 1Corinthians 14:3. When have you encountered mockery of God’s work? What keeps you going in service to Christ in spite of mockery?