Pentecost: Playing With Fire – Dwight Nelson

Dr Dwight Nelson, Senior Pastor of Pioneer Memorial SDA Church at Andrews University preaching on the topic, Pentecost: Playing With Fire. It is based on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2

Acts 2:1-4
The Greek word for “Pentecost” (Acts 2:1) is pentecoste or “fiftiest day”—for in the Jewish liturgical calendar, if you subtracted fifty days from Pentecost it would take you back to the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or Passover.

i.e.—the secret to Pentecost is in what it follows Passover and the secret to the Passover is the passion of God. Calvary is the supreme manifestation of God’s passion to save his lost earth children. God can still think of nothing else these days—”I must save My children!”

Acts 1:6-8
“When the dynamite power [Gk: dunamis] of the Holy Spirit comes upon you, he will fill you with my passion, and you will be my witnesses [Gk: martus for “martyr” —one who witnesses through life and even death] to the ends of the earth!”

Fourteen times Luke will weave the theme word “witness” throughout the book of Acts.

Jesus’ point is inescapable—”Once my passion becomes your passion, you will become my witnesses!”

Acts 1:9-11
William Willimon: “In a few opening verses Luke manages to reprove the enthusiasm and speculation of uninformed apocalypticism, as well as the despair and stodginess of a church without apocalyptic hope.”
Yes, this same Jesus is coming back again—but you can’t gaze up into the heavens forever—there’s a work to be done!

Acts 1:12-14
Acts of the Apostles: “The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet [people] and in their daily [conversations] to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. . . . They did not ask for a blessing for themselves merely. They were weighted with the burden of [the divine passion for] the salvation of souls. They realized that the gospel was to be carried to the world, and they claimed the power that Christ had promised.” (37, emphasis supplied)

Feel The PowerThe tongues of fire are proof enough that the focus of those ten days of prayer was the power to be an effective witness to the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

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