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Pentecost: A Global Impact


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This was a study I did for Pentecost Sunday 2009 at Arise Christian Church, a new church start in Central Florida.
This presentation opened up the opportunity for people to ask questions and share thoughts and experiences. It was wonderful!
What is not included is a short video that was shared about translating the Bible in one's own language from Wycliffe Bible Translators.

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Pentecost: A Global Impact

  1. 1. Pentecost: a Global impact Rev. Samuel Robles Jr., M.Div May 31, 2009
  2. 2. The Last Supper with Twelve Tribes Depicted (from left) are: Crow of Montana, Berber of North Africa, Masai of Kenya, China, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Jesus, Ethiopia, Tzeltal of Mexico, Canela of Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Salish of British Columbia, Mongolia.
  3. 3. Pente - what? <ul><li>Pentecost is a religious observance with roots in the Old Testament. </li></ul><ul><li>It continues to be observed in Judaism and Christianity. </li></ul><ul><li>1 of 3 Jewish pilgrimage feasts to Jerusalem during the year. </li></ul><ul><li>In the Hebrew Old Testament, the customary name is the Feast of Weeks (Exodus 23: 14-17; 34:22) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hebrew: Shavuot </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Pente - what? <ul><li>In Judaism, Shavuot continues to be an observance of thanksgiving, but for Torah. </li></ul><ul><li>The day of Pentecost is 50 days after Passover. </li></ul><ul><li>In Acts 2, this is the first Pentecost after the death and resurrection of Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>Here is the beginning of the Christian Church coming to form. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wind and Fire <ul><li>Use of Old Testament language and imagery: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wind - Exodus 14:21 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire - Exodus 13:21; 19:16-18 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wind and fire are signs of the presence of God. </li></ul><ul><li>God is present and active! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Communication <ul><li>At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was universal: all received the power of the Holy Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>Here is a miracle of proclamation. </li></ul><ul><li>They were speaking languages known to the hearer, but not known to the speaker. </li></ul><ul><li>Thought: they crossed their own boundaries and reached out to others. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Public vs. Private <ul><li>This was not a private event with a few folks, but rather a public event for all of God’s people! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“… they were all together…” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ All of them were filled…” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I will pour out my Spirit on all people…” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Peter’s sermon/speech/address (Joel 2:28-32) </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfills what Jesus said in Acts 1:8: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 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.&quot; </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The reaction <ul><li>Acts 2: 37- 47 </li></ul><ul><li>“… will be saved…” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This means that it is not complete. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are still people that need to be rescued. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Reflection Questions <ul><li>How does Acts 2/Pentecost touch your heart? </li></ul><ul><li>How are you individually challenged by Acts 2/Pentecost? </li></ul><ul><li>What meaning/application does Acts 2 have for Arise Christian Church? </li></ul>