The Spirit poured out at Pentecost in Acts 2 video discussion

This Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost, when we remember, celebrate, and re-engage with the first giving of the Spirit at Pentecost as recounted in Acts 2, and the lectionary reading in this Year A is, as every year, Acts 2.1–21. Although it is a comparatively long reading, in one sense it is not long enough, since we do not hear the whole of Peter’s speech, nor do we hear the response to it!

With any of these annual celebrations, we are always confronted with the question of whether there is anything fresh to say. Commentators note that this is one of the most pored over passages in the whole New Testament—and in fact it is laden with theological significance in just about every verse. Why is the Spirit a sign of the end times? Why are there 17 groups listed by Luke from around the known world? And how does the Spirit equip God’s people for mission?

In the weekly video recorded last year, James and Ian discuss all these issues, including questions about how we preach and teach on this passage. For a full discussion, see the earlier article here.

 


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  1. Thank you, Ian and James, for your insights
    In the first instance “Tarry ye”. Wait until…. is the first injunction to obey and is foundational to all that follows.
    In the NASB the word most often translated “wait” in the sense of waiting on the Lord is the Hebrew qavah.
    Qavah means (1) “to bind together” (perhaps by twisting strands as in making a rope), (2) “look patiently,” (3) “tarry or wait,” and (4) “hope, expect, look eagerly.” The second most frequently used word translated “wait” is yachal.
    We commonly picture waiting as a negation of activity. It is a time wherein we stop all movement and forward progression. We stand still. We do nothing. In this way, waiting is defined by what it is not, rather than what it is. Waiting is not active; it is not movement.
    Qavah expresses an eager looking forward to something, or something. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage: wait for the Lord.”
    Thus, as the Psalmist waits for their redemption to be revealed, they are called to set their hearts firmly within the presence of God; to rest in the bold assurance of faith.
    Periods of waiting help us articulate our need of/for God. The desire for a relationship with God ought to far exceed the gifts and promises bestowed in our lives.
    Desiring anything more than the Lord, even if it involves God’s goods promises, is the definition of idolatry.
    Our utmost desire is to be for the presence of God. “For God alone my soul, in silence, waits, my hope comes from him” says Psalm 63:1.
    In waiting, we tune our hearts to the worship of God alone. If our hearts become embittered or angry because God has not bestowed what we want, when we want, then this highlights a lack of loving devotion to God. Waiting is a time where God invites us to strip ourselves of all selfishness and self-focused desires, so that we might seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

    In our practice we tell God that we are taking a course of thought or action and then seek the Holy Spirits guidance and enabling! Tosh.
    Evangelism is not just our efforts, as we often think, but is a work of The Holy Spirit, Hence 3000 souls were added to the Church.
    Failing to prepare correctly is to fail spectacularly.

    We were so pleased this week that our Vicar has started a new meeting to “wait on God” for how He wants us to function as His Church, seeking His Vision, being led of/by His Spirit prophetically.

    It was when the disciples were “ministering to the Lord [giving Him what He delights in?] and fasting the Holy Spirit spoke “Separate[sanctify] me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
    “How long to wait”? says our hasty, impatient “we must do something”generation.
    How long? Well it could be days, weeks, years or decades.
    We are called to keep the word of His patience.
    Habakkuk is the prophet of patience and his dancing joy in it.
    1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, ….2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer [to the people]

    Ps 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait p atiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
    Ps 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

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