How Did God Plant His Church
Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
1. The Spirit of God upon the people of God declaring the Gospel of God
2. THE SPIRIT FILLS THE HOUSE
1. v1 - When the day of Pentecost arrived
2. v1 - they were all together in one place
3. v2 - And suddenly there came … a sound
4. v3 - tongues as of fire
5. v4 - began to speak in other tongues
3. TWO AMAZEMENTS
1. v7 - Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
2. v11 - the mighty works of God
3. v13 - But others mocking said …
4. THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION BELONG TO GOD
It seems to me to be simply ludicrous to suggest that such men, without learning, without any influence or authority, without any money behind them, with none of the means of propaganda that we are familiar with today, that such men by their own efforts and abilities could succeed in doing what we read of in the pages of this book. How did it come about? There is only one answer. The world was turned upside-down not because of what they did, but because of what God did to them, in them, and by means of them. And that is the essential message concerning the Christian church—her meaning, her function, her message, her purpose.
There is nothing, no matter how full of wonder, that may not be turned into a joke by men and women who are indifferent to God.
Any notion that Christianity is mainly the result of something that we do is always completely, fatally wrong.
Community Group Questions
Read Acts 2:1-13. What stands out to you from the passage and from the sermon on Sunday?
The disciples were uneducated, common men. In verse 7 the people are shocked that simple Galileans, simple country folk, could speak so powerfully of the mighty works of God. How does it encourage you that God has chosen to use such ordinary men to so powerfully proclaim the gospel?
There are two ways to hear the truth of the gospel. The first is to respond with questions, curiosity and pursuit: that is, to be astonished and amazed at the mighty works of God. The other response is with ridicule and self-righteous indifference. In what ways do you still find yourself astonished and amazed by the gospel? In what ways are you still curious and asking questions? In what ways have you become dull of hearing and even indifferent to the truth of God?
The world often responds to the gospel with mocking. Does that mean that we should change the simple proclamation of the truth of God with something more palatable or entertaining? What does this mean for us as a church?