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“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble…Draw near to God and he will draw near to you” (James 4). When we come to God in humble confession, he meets us with his mercy. Last week we saw Peter admit his sin to Jesus (Luke 5). What was Jesus’ response? Not condemnation, but mercy. “Do not be afraid.” Later in life Peter quoted the prophet Joel to a crowd, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21) 1 John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Example after example in Scripture points to this good news: God promises mercy to repentant sinners. “In (Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” (Ephesians 1:7) Hallelujah! For this reason during our worship services, after admiring our awesome God and confessing our sin, we meditate on the good news of God’s mercy.
Next week we will respond to the grace of God with thanksgiving.
Song - Revelation Song
Confession - Lord I Need You
Leader - “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.”
Together - “ Thank you Father that you do not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is your steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far do you remove our transgressions from us.”
A moment of silent confession
Leader - “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.”
Together - “But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on we who fear him, and his righteousness to our children's children. Amen.”
Taken from Psalms 103:8-12, 13-14 and 17 ESV
Assurance of Grace - This I Believe
Song - So Will I (100 Billion X)
SERMON - Pentecost
Scripture - Acts 2:1-13 (ESV)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
What brought the crowd together?
What was the content of the message being heard?
How did this event relate to the promises of Jesus in chapter 1?
Why would some respond with honest curiosity (v. 12) while others only mocked (v. 13)? How do you typically respond to unusual or even uncomfortable circumstances?
Song - Be Thou My Vision