Bowie Apostolic Church
Acts 2: The Birthday of the Church
Posted on February 2nd, 2013

The Birthday of the Church

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance….. 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. 
Jesus told them “I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high. (Luke 24:49)” After uniting together in prayer and expectation, the power from on high came down upon them. Is this not another testimony of how prayer is fellowship with the supernatural? Prayer is what causes us to touch the intangible. The expectation that they had regarding the promise that Jesus had given them is a testimony to their great faith. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)”

The bible says that the Holy Spirit was poured out after they were all 1.) in one place and 2.) on one accord (or with one purpose in mind). Again this speaks to the singular vision that they had to receive the promise of God. They were together in united prayer with one purpose in mind and one expectation. To see the Spirit of God move in an even more powerful way than they had ever seen before. This is something that we could learn from today. Let us have the audacity to pray for something that we have not seen before.

God is a God that is so large that we cannot fully comprehend Him. For this reason alone, we must realize that there is a truth that is beyond reason. A truth that cannot be comprehended with intellect. It must be received by faith.

The phenomenon of glossolalia (or speaking in a divinely inspired language that one does not know) is one such truth. It cannot be explained to the intellect, but it happens all throughout the book of Acts. It happens regularly at Bowie Apostolic Church. Even further, it will happen more often.

Here are a few facts about the Day of Pentecost (birthday of the Church). 

1.)    Pentecost means 50. It refers to 50 days after the Passover. Pentecost is a feast that happens 50 days after the Passover. This is the reason why there were so many international visitors (Acts 2:5-11).

2.)    All 120 people received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost spoken of in Acts 1:4 by Jesus.

3.)    If it was only the Apostles who received the Holy Ghost 12 men are not enough men to be noticed in a large crowd of people. Further, they are not enough to speak the 16 or more languages or language groups mentioned in a way that all of them heard their own language.

4.)    This was proven by the people from different regions that heard the wonderful works of God in their own local language.

5.)    Because all of participants from the foreign lands were Jews, they all knew a common language: that is Hebrew. Peter was one person and preached the gospel to all of these people of different languages in the one common language that they all could understand.


Peter preached the Gospel under the unction of the Holy Spirit and made the clear case that “that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36)” They plainly saw that Jesus was God Almighty manifested in flesh and He was also Messiah. It was then that through the conviction of the Holy Spirit that Peter was asked plainly “What should we do?” They are asking Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ; the one that was given the keys to the Kingdom of God. He knew the words that Jesus taught them in His earthly ministry. He had just spent 40 days with Jesus after His resurrection. He knew the answer to the question. There was no misunderstanding on His part. He responded ““Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself (Acts 2:38-39).” 

The answer today to the same question “What shall I do?” is still the same.


Posted in Acts, Bible 2013    Tagged with pentecost, power, prayer, expectation, baptism, holy spirit, peter


0 Comments

Leave a Comment


Categories
Acts (28)
Tags
30 pieces of silver About the bible Abraham Agrippa Arm of the Lord Ascension Berea Bethlehem Bramblebush Caesar Corinth Counsel Damascus David Ephesus Ephratah Euroclydon Everlasting Father Felix Festus Fullness of power Galilee Golden rule Herod His suffering Integrity Isaac Ishmael Jerusalem Jotham Judah Malta Mary Messiah Moses Nathan Passover Paul Philippi Right hand of God Righteous Branch Rome Sanhedrin Saul Silas Son of God Timothy Triumphal Entry Virgin Birth ananias angels appointed time arbiter arrested asset management awe baptism betrayal boast bones borrower breaking point brockenhearted bruise business buyer caesarea casting lots centurion character child rearing colt commitment consistency construction conversion correction cosigning culture debt demon devil discernment disrespect edification edify education environment eternal ethiopian ethnic expectation facade faith family filled finances foolish foul words friends gentiles glory gospel heresy holy spirit honor hope humble humor identity idleness ill-gotten gains intimidation iron irreverence jealousy john joke justice knowledge lamb law of moses lazy learning lender lion love the Blesser love your neighbor love loyalty magician martyr mercy ministry miracle mob mocked moment name of Jesus nations negotiation no corruption obedience peace keeper peace pentecost persecution perseverance peter philip poor taste power pranks prayer preach promise prosper rebellion rebuke referee relationships reproach resurrection reverence rich man's tomb ruin sapphire satan self-promotion seller serpent sharpens shepherd ship silent before slaughter simon slave stephen strife submitted surety teacher temptation timidity truth understanding unsubmitted wealth what goes around comes around wicked wisdom words matter work ethic wounds zeal of thine house