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The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost

God sends the promised Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Contributed by Nadine de Boer
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On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place in Jerusalem. <br/>Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm. <br/>Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. Everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. – Slide 1
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At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. – Slide 2
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They were completely amazed. ‘How can this be?’ they exclaimed. These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! – Slide 3
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They stood there amazed and perplexed. ‘What can this mean?’ they asked each other. But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, ‘They’re just drunk.’ – Slide 4
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Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, ‘Listen carefully. These people are not drunk. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel. ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people’ (Acts 2:17-21). – Slide 5
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'God publicly endorsed Jesus by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through Him, as you well know. But God knew what would happen, and His prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed Him to a cross and killed Him. But God raised him back to life, for death could not keep Him in its grip. … Now He is exalted to the place of highest honour in heaven, at God’s right hand (Acts 2:22-36). – Slide 6
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Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they asked, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’ <br/>Peter replied, ‘Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ <br/>Around 3,000 people believed what Peter said and were baptized that day (Acts 2:37-41). – Slide 7
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All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. <br/>A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. All the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved (Acts 2:42-47). – Slide 8
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