Monday, August 20, 2018

Bible By Brett-True Evidence The Holy Spirit Lives In You

"True Evidence The Holy Spirit Lives In You"
Acts 2:1-12

There is some confusion over the first few verses in Acts chapter 2. Entire denominations have been formed over these verses and how they interpret them. I have a few thoughts. 

1. Location Matters To God

In verse 1 Jesus told his disciples to go and wait in a certain place. The disciples went into the upper room as individuals but they came down as a church! The Bible says they were all together in one place. True evidence the Holy Spirit lives in you will be a connection to a local New Testament Church. 

The Church Is Not A Place Or Location, But If You Have The Holy Spirit You Will Be Connected To The Body. Location Matters To God. He Wants You Located In A Local Church Family. It Is Evidence The Spirit Lives In You. 

2. Lips Matter To God 

Verses 2-4 describe an incredible event. A sound came from heaven, fire hovered over each person, and with their lips they started speaking different languages. Certainly a miracle of God took place. 

Remember the words of Jesus from the previous chapter? Context matters. The Bible says in Acts 1:8 "but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be My witnesses." Lips Matter To God. The point of the MIGHTY WIND was to bring a MIGHTY WITNESS. 

Speaking in tongues was just the method God wanted to miraculously use, but don't miss the point, God filled men with the ability to be a witness to all those in attendance. True evidence the Holy Spirit lives in you will be a desire to be a witness for Christ. 

3. Languages Matter To God

Verses 5-11 tell about all the different languages and people in the crowd. Languages matter to God because people matter to God. Languages serve as a barrier in many ways. The point is simple; God was breaking down barriers. The Gospel does that. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus breaks down barriers so that "whosoever will" has the opportunity to be saved! On the day of Pentecost, God broke down barriers between the nations as it relates to spiritual things. True evidence the Holy Spirit lives in you is a desire to see the world know Christ. 

a. Be part of a local church
b. Be a gospel witness where you are
c. Be involved in the global mission of God

Can we all agree these are 3 signs from Acts 2 that the Holy Spirit lives in you?