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June 4, 2017

Sermon: Breaking Down Barriers: International Sunday

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Scripture Lesson

Numbers 28:26; Acts 2:1-13

Offerings at the Festival of Weeks
On the day of the first fruits, when you offer a grain-offering of new grain to the Lord at your festival of weeks, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations.

The Coming of the Holy Spirit
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Breaking Down Barriers: International Sunday
Numbers 28:26; Acts 2:1-13

I. Introduction: no comic, video
II. From where did Pentecost come?
     A. Fifty days after Passover
     B. The Feast/Festival of Weeks (Num. 28:26)
         1. An offering of “first fruits” (28:26)
         2. “A holy convocation” (28:26)
     C. Why offer “first fruits”? (28:26)
III. Turning the world upside down (Acts 2:1-13)
     A. It’s still Pentecost or the Feast/Festival of Weeks
     B. A holy convocation (2:1)
     C. God gives the first fruits
         1. “The Holy Spirit” (2:4)
         2. “Divided tongues as of fire” (2:3)
         3. They “speak in other languages” (2:4)
     D. The reaction
         1. “Bewildered,” “amazed (twice),” “astonished,” “perplexed” (2:6, 7, 12)
         2. “Are these not Galileans?” (2:7)
     E. Why did God give the first fruits?
IV. How do we break down barriers?
     A. Mix it up (Acts 2:9-11)
     B. Listen (2:7-8)
     C. Holy convocations (Num. 28:26)
V. Conclusion: Faye Edgarton (1889-1968)


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