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The Promise of Pentecost

Acts 2:38-39

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"And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. [39] For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.'" (NASB) 

Have you ever stopped to think that Peter included Lighthouse Baptist Church in his sermon at Pentecost? He said the promise is "to all that are afar off." Do you believe we are included? Can we experience this dynamic power in our day? Do you believe our church can claim the Pentecostal promise?

On the Day of Pentecost, 3000 souls were added to the church, all because Christ forgave their sins and the people received the gift of the Holy Sprit in their lives. Do you believe the Pentecostal power is alive and well today? Would you like to see a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our day and see Revival break out across our land? Before you answer those questions, there are a few things you might want to know.

First, GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS. He saves whom He wills, regardless of their ethnicity. The great miracle of the day of Pentecost is that every person heard the gospel in their own language. 

Acts 2:8-11 says, "Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? [9] Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, [10] Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome [11] (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs--we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" (NIV) 

The original word used for "language" can be translated "dialect." I would have heard the message with a Southern accent. Others in our congregation would have heard it in Spanish, Chinese or Korean. The gospel was presented in the context of their culture. I suppose you could interpret this passage to say that we should have a separate church for every homogeneous group, but that isn't what happened in the New Testament Church. The groups may have clustered together, but they were all a part of the same church. Look no further than the controversy in Acts 6 between the Hellenistic Jews and the Native Jews to see that the same church housed different cultures.
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