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Intro – Today we celebrate Pentecost, the day God sent His Holy Spirit to indwell believers. We call it Pentecost because it happened on the Jewish day know as Pentecost but we know it today as the beginning of the church.




I. What this is not.


A. This is important to know because many have misinterpreted Joel’s prophecy.    Joel 2:28


1. Joel spoke of a specific time “after this”.  Joel 2:20,  Eze 38:2,15-16, 19, 22, 39:28-29


2. Both Ezekiel and Joel say the out pouring of the HS will occur after this event on the Jewish people.


3. Joel includes other signs to verify the event.   Joel 2:30-31, Rev.6:12


B. It is not a template for receiving the Holy Spirit.


1.  Tongues “as”of fire.  Lk 3:16


2.  Noise “like” violent wind.  Jn.3:8


C. So how do you explain (vs 16)? 


The “what” refers to the substance not the event.




II. What this is.


A. The prophecy of Christ fulfilled.  Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8


B. Not to have vision, dreams, revelations, tongues but to witness about Jesus. Acts 4:8,20, 31


C. The gift of the HS given at the time you believe and trust in Jesus for salvation. Act 2:38-39




III. The purpose was to glorify God. “speaking of God” (11)


A. A God prepared moment. (vs 5) Gal.4:4


B. What was the message? Act 2:23-24, Repent  Act 2:38-39




Con. What does our text teach us?


1. Jesus kept his promise, He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell us.


2. We receive the HS through faith in Jesus.


3. The HS makes us bold enough to talk to others about Jesus.

This is the mark of a Spirit filled believer.




John 15:26-16:4


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Intro- Our text today tells us about the Holy Spirit that God would send to help us live our lives for Christ. Next Sunday we will look at the event that took place when God sent His Holy Spirit to come and dwell within the believers. Jesus was teaching His disciples about the H.S. today we learn these truths about the Helper.




I. He helps us understand the word of God.


A. He teaches us about Christ. Jn.16:13-14


B. He teaches us through the word. Jn.14:26, Rev.22:18-19, Heb.1:1-2




II. He helps us to not stumble.


A. Through the power of God’s word.  Ps.119:11, 101, 133, 154.  


B. By fellowship.  1Jn.3:14, Heb.10:25




III. He helps us prepare for times of testing.


A. Things are going to get more difficult not less difficult for Christians.  Matt.24:9


1. We will suffer persecution. 2Tim.3:1, 12


2. They will think they are doing God a favor when they persecute Christians.


B. He prepares us by warning us ahead of time so we are not surprised. 1Pet.4:12, Jn.15:18-19,                                                                                                                             1Jn.3:13



Con. – 1Peter 1:3-9




John 16:16-22






Intro – I believe Jesus is speaking about 2 events. Both events start with struggles and pain but end in rejoicing.


Jesus illustrated this with the example of a woman giving birth.  These events were His death and resurrection, and His ascension and return.




I. We will rejoice because of His resurrection.


A. In a little while referred to just a few days.


B. They would grieve – Luke 23:48-49


C. What appeared to be a bad was transformed into a good thing. Rom.8:28,32, 1Pet. 2 24; 1Cor. 1 18; Gal. 6 14




II. We will rejoice at His return.


A. In a little while equals years. Heb. 10:37,  Acts 1:11, 2Pet.3:8


B. Our current trials in light of His return compared to “birth pangs”. Matt.24:7-11


C. Trials now will turn into blessings. 1Cor.4:16-18, Rom.8:22




III. Only those living for Jesus will rejoice.


A. Believers actually rejoice in the death of Christ. Col.2:13-14, 1Cor.2:2,


B. In struggles believers find joy. 1Pet.4:12-14


C. Believers find joy in looking forward to His return. Rom.8:18, 1Thes.4:18, 1Thes. 5:9-11



Con. Are you living for Jesus? Then you can rejoice.




Jeremiah 29:11-14






Intro – I can’t think of any better promise to give 5 young people confirming their faith, than to remind them that God has a plan for their lives. That is what our scripture tells us today.




I. A plan for you individually.


A. That plan of course involves salvation.           2Peter 3:9


B. That’s the starting point.        Luke 13:3, Rom.10:13, Jn.1:12


C. His plan is a good one even if you don’t see it yet.      Is.55:8-9                        




II. His plan involves 2 actions or responsibilities.


A. Pray, that’s how you talk to God. He promises to listen.          1Peter 5:7, Ps.50:15


B. Seek the Lord. Listen to Him speak through His word.            Ps.119:11, 105, 133, 160,  Jn.17:17




III. Some people rebel against God’s plan.


A. They reject His plan for their life.      Matt.23:37-38, Lk.7:30, Lk.10:16, Jn.12:48, 1Th.4:8


B. They think they have a better way.    Jer.50:6, Prov.14:12, Prov.8:8-9, Matt.15:14


C. Never let the foolish and ignorant world shake your faith.        Ps.14:1, Rom.1:21, Eph.4:17-18  




Con.. Be strong and live out God’s plan for your life.  Deut. 31:6,8,  Joshua 24:15





Job 19:25-27






Intro – 3 times Job repeats this thought that he would “see” his Redeemer. Anytime the bible says something 3 times in a row its God’s way of saying, pay attention! Job probably lived around 1500 BC, long before Christ would come.


Ezekiel 14:14 and James 5:11 both refer to Job in the bible.  The OT had many reference or types to the coming Messiah and His rescue. Gen.3:15, Abel, Noah, Enoch and Abraham in Gen.22:8.




I Job believed in the Savior. (24-25)


A. He knew his Redeemer already existed.   Is.44:6, Is.59:20, Ps.19:14, Gen.17:1, Gen. 18:1


B. He knew He would come to earth.         Gen.17:7-8,  Later Zech. Writes Zec.14:4


C. Do know the Redeemer and believe He is coming back for you?   1Thes.4:16-17




II. Job believed in the Resurrection. (26-27)


A. After death, I will again see God.  IJn.3:2


B. He believed in a new body.  1Cor.15:35-38, 51-54.




III. Job trusted his Redeemer would take care of him.


A. By faith he trusted God for forgiveness. Job.42:6


B. By faith he had come to understand a very important truth. Gen.50:20, Rom.8:28




Con. No matter how difficult life gets, remember your Redeemer lives!


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