"THE DAY THE WORLD CAUGHT FIRE"

Rev. Lon Lorton

June 4, 2017

Acts 2:1-21

Great people often tend to be controversial people.

  • "Jesus came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him."  (John 1:11)

Like the Messenger, the gospel message is a double-edged sword.

  • It serves as a surgical scalpel or a switchblade.

The Holy Spirit's wind, fire, and tongues brought about two reactions.

  • There were, and still are, seekers and scoffers.

Peter's Pentecost sermon preached the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy.  (Joel 2:28-29)

  • All the Lord's people do, indeed, become prophets.
  • All barriers are gracefully gone!

Peter's Pentecost sermon preached the other fulfillment of Joel's prophecy.  (Joel 2:30-32)

  • Those who are scoffers will know God's judgement rather than His grace.

Peter ends his Pentecost sermon with a challenge and an invitation.

  • "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
  • "Calling on the name of the Lord" is a Hebrew expression equivalent to "worshiping the Lord."

The good news of Pentecost is that the Holy Spirit, through those who call on the name of the Lord, continues the ministry of Jesus.

  • Our assignment is to continue Jesus' ministry of offering salvation, hope, renewal, grace, forgiveness, and refreshment.