When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
1. Suddenly comes patiently.
Acts 1:4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
The disciples knew that Jesus had promised them power and that he ordered them to stay in Jerusalem, but they didn’t know how long it would take.
How long would you wait for a promise?
2. Suddenly comes by obedience.
Acts 1:4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father
Jesus asked them to stay in a place where it wasn’t safe or convenient. Obedience is the key. Their current situation was where God wanted to display his power.
Where is God asking you to stay so he can demonstrate his power in your life?
3. Suddenly always gets a response.
12And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Acts 10 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
When God empowers you through the Holy Spirit people respond. They might not respond the same way but they will respond.
Don’t get discouraged when the response is not unanimous.
1. What stood out to you most from this week’s message?
2. “Suddenly comes patiently.” How long would you wait for a promise?
3. Can you identify with getting impatient in life/impatient with God?
4. Can you think of any examples in scripture when people did not wait for God’s timing, or did not take action when he told them to? How did it turn out?
5. If you have learned to be patient with God’s timing, how did this happen?
6. “Suddenly comes by obedience.” How has God asked you to be patient in waiting? Are you still waiting?
7. Your current situation might be where God wants to display his power. Where is God asking you to stay so he can demonstrate his power in your life?
8. “Suddenly always gets a response.” Has there ever been a time when others could see God’s power in your life? Was their response positive or negative?
9. How can we keep from being discouraged or intimidated when others don’t respond positively to what God is doing in our lives?
10. What do you plan to do differently because of this week’s message?