The Spirit poured out at Pentecost 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 thought on “The Spirit poured out at Pentecost video discussion”

  1. Acts 21:1-22 is absolutely laden with theological significance – and here’s just a few of the reasons why :

    Acts 2: 22 reads :

    “Men of Israel, listen to this ! : Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.” (Acts 2:22; NIV).

    The word ‘accredited’ is ‘apodedeigmenon’ in the Greek, which can mean ” to appoint to an office or station”. Dr. Spiros Zodhiates in his Greek Lexicon, ‘The Complete Word Study Dictionary (New Testament)’, claims that the signs mentioned in Acts 2:22 accredited Jesus as being Who He really was – the Messiah. (cf. Acts 2:31).

    Joel 2:28-32 (cited by Peter in Acts 2:17-21) is a reference in the Hebrew text to Yahweh (Father) God, and His Sprit. Yahweh God’s holy Spirit was subsequently poured out through His Messiah, in Acts 2:2-4 (cf. Acts 2:33).

    Praise be to God and to His wonderful Messiah ! (cf. Rev. 12:10)


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