21.2: The Holy Spirit Comes, the Good News is Preached and a Church is Born

This is one of my favorite chapters in the New Testament. It’s the birth of the church. Notice that they’re not called “Christians” yet. That comes later in the Book of Acts. Here they are just believers. We left them in Acts 1 waiting, being patient. Jesus promised them the gift of the Holy Spirit from God. They just didn’t know when. However, interestingly enough, God took advantage of a Jewish festival celebrated 50 days after Passover. In Greek, it’s called Pentecost. There were many Jews from other countries there for the festival. Consequently, the Holy Spirit gives all the believers a special power — a spiritual gift just to get the crowd’s attention. Let’s dig in….

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Jesus said, “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” ~ ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:22‬ ‭NLT‬‬ – this is repeated 14 times in scripture. Kind of gives the idea that God wants us to pay attention.

If you want to reap all the benefits of salvation including the 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven then…

Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.

Pray this prayer humbly and wholeheartedly…

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Please forgive me. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and my life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. I surrender my whole life to you and I will follow you for the rest of my life. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Jesus is coming back soon! Are you ready?

Soli Deo Gloria — To God Alone Be the Glory!

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