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Janaury 14, 2018

Sermon: Dream Big

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Scripture Lesson

Joel 2:28; Acts 2:14-17

God’s Spirit Poured Out

Then afterwards I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.

Peter Addresses the Crowd

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Dream Big
Joel 2:28; Acts 2:14-17

I. Introduction: Wizard of Id
II. The meaning of the “spirit” (Joel 2:28)
     A. What we know about Joel
     B. A turn in the text (2:28)
     C. “I will pour out my spirit” (2:28)          1. “On all flesh” (2:28)
         2. It means all flesh will
             a. “Prophesy” (2:28)
             b. “Dream dreams” (2:28)
             c. “See visions” (2:28)
III. The giving of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:5-17)
     A. Speaking in tongues (2:5-13)
     B. Peter’s response: a speech
         1. “These are not drunk” (2:15)
         2. The fulfillment of Joel (2:16)
         3. Luke’s change (Joel 2:28 vs. Acts 2:17)
         4. Now “all” can have the Spirit (2:17)
IV. What about today?
     A. “All” can still have the Holy Spirit
         1. Direct relationship with God
         2. Comes through devotion and prayer
     B. “All” can speak and act for God
V. Conclusion: Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream” (Aug. 28, 1963)

 

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