And they must have just sort of decided to stay there since the time was short. And because this issue of the Virgin Birth is so critical—and so often avoided—we're featuring Mike Woodruff's "The Virgin Birth." "The Birth of the First Church," Acts 2:42-47. We say, “Well why is it necessary to have a visible demonstration of the Spirit descending and a little tongue over everybody? Sermons on the Birth of Jesus. They were all together in one place collectively. .No other human being ever came into existence as did Jesus of Nazareth. That’s once, and that’s not experiential. To be filled with the spirit is to be under his total control, and that means to be obedient to his will as revealed in his Word. That is why Jesus was called the only begotten Son of God. This sermon illustration is available to PreachingToday.com members only. It is called a family of sons by adoption. Tongues that looked like fire. Not the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but to be continually being filled with the Holy Spirit. Well, that’s what happened in the opening three and a half verses. West Smyrna Baptist Church. The coming of the Holy Spirit is another kind of first fruits. We don’t pass this way very often. He comes as the engagement ring that word means. Because He lives, we shall live also. The first time it happened, it happened on Pentecost, and then it happened as a matter of course in the salvation of every believer from then on. There’s only a sound like a hurricane. You send your Holy Spirit to live in us. Sermon – Birth of John the Baptist. So that’s the pursuit of your life. And suddenly, there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. So here, we meet the bride of Christ, the church. 3. The Spirit’s timing then on Pentecost is very, very important. And what signifies its birth is the arrival of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is their life. Not physical wind and not physical fire. 1. And it’s discussed in Leviticus 23 around verses 15 and 16. It’s a question of degree. That’s a divine reality like regeneration. In chapter 1, the believers are held back. We might not all act like it, but we are one. It commemorates the first fruits of the wheat harvest. He comes as the down payment of the final complete inheritance. Chapter 1 verse 5 is fulfilled, and the church is born. That … Let me read the opening three verses. The word Pentecost is a Greek word meaning the 50th part of something or the 50th in sequence or in order. First Corinthians 12, 12 and 13, gives us a very important explanation at this point. And here in 1 Peter 1:3 we see that God wasn’t done with miraculous births with Jesus. This is not something you qualify for. Chapter 6, verse 5. Too much is going on. There was also visual phenomena in the fire or the tongues that were like fire. You cannot be without the Holy Spirit. But the unique metaphor for the church found only in the New Testament is that the church is a body. We hope it stirs some ideas to help you help your congregation celebrate the mind-goggling-but-glorious birth of … Whatever view people may have about the birth of Christ, … We are one because we have all been immersed in the Holy Spirit and completely endwelled in the Holy Spirit so we share a common life as one body, one living organism with shared life. This is supernatural. God gave us that new birth into a living hope through Christ’s resurrection. He’s the sinless one. “The place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.”. And in the Book of Numbers, it’s called the day of first fruits. That’s just one feeble way to explain this amazing moment in God’s economy when a new era was born. Suddenly, unexpectedly. This is what he has given you. You’re not your own. Luke points only to the history and only to the timing of God. When you hear somebody talk about the baptism of the spirit, you want to take them back to Acts 1:5 and say, “Jesus promised that the baptism with the Holy Spirit would come not many days from now.”  He had to be referring to what happened a few days later on Pentecost. We are to let our light shine forth and share the Joy of Christmas, Jesus, to those around us. A Birth Announcement brings excitement and Joy. May our gratitude be demonstrated in our worship and our witness. All together in one place. You can’t just run by these verses. He is regarded by Christians as the last of the Old Testament prophets – he didn’t herald the Messiah in an abstract way – ‘one day the Messiah will come’ but was able to say ‘the Messiah is here with us now’. And you’re a part of it because at your salvation, you were baptized with the Holy Spirit, and He lives in you. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. Baptism is positional. They are literally engulfed and immersed and drown in the presence of the Holy Spirit who then takes up presence and takes up residence in their lives. That is through the beginning of the second chapter of Book of Acts. It was not always in existence; however, was always in the mind and heart of God (Eph. “In Him,” verse 13, “In Him, after you believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise who has given us a pledge of our inheritance. You cannot lose the Holy Spirit. Verse 3. So I’m all – I’m saying all that to let you know that the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost because of all of this. That celebrated the resurrection of Christ, and so there was no leaven because in Christ, there’s no sin. In chapter 4, verse 8, Peter, who obviously was there on the day of Pentecost and was baptized with the Holy Spirit placed into the body, was again filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus was … Because if you’re yielding to the Holy Spirit, then you know you possess joy, gratitude, peace, and all the fruit of the Spirit. But the presence of the breath of God filled only the house. They brought bread with no leaven. We don’t know exactly where the place was. What is Pentecost? It was a feast that took 50 days after Passover. The virgin birth of Christ was one of a kind. In Galatians 3, you have all exactly the same relationships, exactly the same instruction, only instead of saying be filled with the spirit as in 5:18 of Ephesians, in Galatians 3:16, it says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”  What does it mean to be filled with the spirit? This was the celebration symbolizing the full harvest to come. This is the most unique identification of the church in the New Testament. When all of those are your attitudes, you know you’re being filled with the Spirit. That is not what that is talking about. Same life. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. And a few days later, the next great event, which was the resurrection from the dead by which God affirmed the satisfaction that he had in his own mind over the sacrifice Christ had rendered. All believers baptized into one body constitute the one body of Christ. Articles and sermon outlines written by members of the churches of Christ. Write down Leviticus 23, and go back on your own when you have time, and go through Leviticus 23 because in Leviticus 23, we learn of the feasts of the Lord given to Israel to celebrate. You say, “Wait a minute. What if seeing the birth of the church gave birth to a renewed trust and faith in Jesus? The Birth of the Church. It was a Feast of Harvest, but a Feast of Harvest in the first fruit sense, not because all of the harvest had come in yet, but because the first fruits had arrived, which promised a completion. The best way to understand that is to compare Galatians 3 with Ephesians 5. That’s permanent. It was the sound of a mushing – a rushing violent wind, and it was the appearance of fire. Fresh sermon illustrations and updates on new sermons, preaching articles and much more! Because while there’s no sin in Christ, there is sin in the church. In the moment of his suffering, he was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he was made ready to face his Lord.”. And God bringing the fulfillment of the picture of the Passover had His son die on the Passover. We can get a picture of this, and I’m just going to do this in a general sense. All the great elements of God's … Luke 2:1-7. And it filled the whole house where they were sitting. You can see Israel called a kingdom. It is God’s sovereign timetable. Now as we come into chapter 2, we will experience through the lens of Holy Scripture the actual beginning of the church. This is the visible manifestation of the descent of the Holy Spirit. “I in them and you in me that they may be perfected in unity.”  That’s four times in one prayer Jesus says, “I want them to be one. This is the noise like a wind. This becomes the norm for every believer. It is called a building, an edifice. Christianity Today strengthens the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good, and beautiful gospel. May we live it out so that others can see us, and in seeing us, they can see you revealed. And 30 years or so later, the next great event in God’s redemptive purpose, His death, ratifying the new covenant by the sacrifice of Himself. Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixes his gaze on Elymas, the magician, sorcerer. Many think that singing songs about Santa is fine, but singing songs about the birth of Jesus is politically incorrect. If it was the same upper room where they had had the Passover meal the night that Jesus was betrayed, we don’t know that for certain, but it might have been. The sprit was to come as the first fruit’s guarantee of our full inheritance, and that is exactly what Ephesians 1 says about the coming of the Holy Spirit. We are one. It shows in verse 8 again that he was full of grace and power. As many as were baptized in this way have put on Christ. Everyone is placed into the body of Christ by Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Instantaneous, unexpected, miraculous, divine, from heaven.”. He was the ultimate Passover lamb, the perfect Passover lamb, the one true sacrifice for sin. I want them to be one.”  You’re probably like me. A woman had a part in the birth of Christ, but man had no part in it. He prays for their unity. Thank you for the engagement ring of the Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee that you will love us all the way to the consummation at the wedding in heaven. You better be glad you’ve never felt the presence of God, to be truthful. Love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control. And this is the inauguration of the revelation of the church, and what the church is and how the church lives then unfolds through the rest of the writings of the New Testament, even to the consummation of redemption and the place the church will play in final redemption and the establishment of the kingdom of Christ in the Book of Revelation. In other words it helps us to rightly divide the Word of Truth. He will be in you.”. In the seventh chapter, that wonderful chapter about Steven, when the people heard Steven’s message, it says, verse 54, “They were cut to the quick convicted, began gnashing their teeth at him, but being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven, saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. So they’re just there. They were totally controlled by the Holy Spirit, filled not in the sense that you would fill a glass, static, but filled in the sense that you would fill sails and move something along like in the words of Peter, holy men of God, we’re moved along. We see the Holy Spirit moving and creating transformation in lives. The church, it is called a household. But the church up to this point has been a mystery, something hidden about to be revealed. The Spirit comes because God deems that this is the very day the spirit is to come to fulfill pictures from the Old Testament that are very, very important. Mark that in your mind. We have the end of the Old Covenant and the birth of the Church under the New Covenant." It’s the Feast of Harvest. It is important on God’s side for what he does as described here. In fact, 47% of non-Christian adults believe in a virgin birth of Jesus Christ. If you’re in the church, this is you. The second feast in Leviticus 23 was the next day after Passover. Apply the means of grace to stay in the will of the Holy Spirit.”  In chapter 11, for example, news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem. What is its purpose? Right? Pray with me. And again, I say it’s not something you feel. Date written: October 24th, 2002 Scripture ref: Matthew 1:18-25. That is done by the baptism with the Holy Spirit. In chapter 2, they are empowered for their ministry. Thank you, Lord, again for what you have done for us by your own grace and your own mercy. And our ability to be obedient and to be witnesses is only because of the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. It takes its source from God. It’s why you love what you love and hate what you hate. That was the pattern from the time of our Lord’s resurrection when He appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus and again appeared the same night to them from the period of that first appearing all the way to His ascension. Far too much is going on. Tongues sort of moving like they were flames, distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves. The Passover looked at Christ’s dead. Now this is Barnabas. Thank you for this amazing gift, which is but the down payment of what you have prepared for us in the future. The rest we’ll leave for next time, and maybe the time after that. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. Romans 8:9 says, “Going forward, if any man have not the spirit of Christ, he’s none of his.”  So He takes up residence at the point of salvation in every believer from here on, and we are all baptized into the body of Christ by the same spirit I just read, 1 Corinthians 12. And an audible phenomena, then a visual one. We need to be one.”. We need to love each other. This is Pentecost. That’s the idea. But the filling of the spirit you do. Let’s go back to the second chapter of Acts for a little while tonight. John the Baptist is an extraordinary figure. Also in Exodus, that’s Exodus 23. Here was this Spirit filled man, meaning a man who walked in the power of the Spirit, who manifested the fruit of the Spirit. I don’t think so. . It’s not in response to them tarrying, whatever that means, or meeting some kind of spiritual condition. But it also took on some other characteristics. sermon illustration Preview. Here we meet the flock for whom Jesus is the good shepherd. He placed the Spirit in you. Sin. Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. Wherever it was, they waited there, and as I told you a week or so ago, it doesn’t say that they prayed for the Holy Spirit to come. It is important on our side for us to understand what we are a part of in being the church of Jesus Christ. We’ve all been made to drink of the same spirit. Then there was the next great event in redemptive history. After the exile, it became the traditional celebration to remember the giving of the mosaic law. © 2021 Grace to You. Completely under His control. The unity that Christ prayed for was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. This is not a minimal approach. Not one nation ethnically, but Jew and gentile all one in Christ. It is on the day of Pentecost that the Lord sends the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our future complete inheritance. He was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit. The first was Passover. When Jesus was praying, do you remember this in the 17th chapter to His father? We don’t pass this way very often. God speaking in many ways and many portions to the fathers by the prophets, establishing truth, true understanding of him and his redemptive purpose in the Old Testament. The fact that Jesus was born of a virgin was, and still is, very, very important. So it’s a feeling that empowers. The statement found approval with the whole congregation, and they chose Steven, a man full of faith, full of faith, and the Holy Spirit. The birth of the Church is of utmost importance, understanding when the church began helps identify it and determine the laws that govern it. Christmas and the Christ: How the Sovereign Enters His Story (pt 1) (Daniel 2:44–45; Luke 1:32–33) Christ(mas) and State: How the Sovereign Enters His Story (pt. So in God’s perfect design, since the early ages, the church was designed to be born at Pentecost to fulfill these typical predictions. And so not fulfill the lust of the flesh. So all of those are Old Testament references to this 50 day event. This is essentially a component of salvation. Something promised in the New Testament, and even described in some measure by the Lord Himself who spoke of the church in the 16th chapter of Matthew. Verse 20, “I don’t ask on behalf of these, but for those who believe in me that they may all be one, even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they may be in us so that the world may believe.”  And He says it again in verse 22. By the time you get to Acts 2, Jesus has ascended. So on this occasion, for the first time ever in redemptive history, believing group who put their trust in the Savior are immersed in the Holy Spirit, drawn together in one body because they now possess the same spiritual life, the life of God through the Holy Spirit in them. To disable, click the icon. We see in chapter 1, verse 13, that when they went back to Jerusalem, they went up to the upper room where they were staying, so maybe they just sort of rented out the upper room. May ask what is the Church? Why? What did leaven represent? Thank you for the first fruits, which guarantees the final complete heavenly inheritance. May we walk in the spirit so we are empowered for effective witness and an example of the work of salvation. While He was at the Jordan going through His baptism, the Holy Spirit was seen descending as if He were a dove. There was audible phenomena. This number actually exceeds those who would refer to themselves as believers in God in America today. And again, I want you to be reminded the spirit’s coming is not in response to them praying. Here, we meet the branches connected to Christ who is divine. There is regeneration giving you new life, and then there is this uniting of every believer with all other believers in the body of Christ by sharing the common life of the indwelling Holy Spirit. This is not something you ask for. Because it was about 50 days after the Exodus from Egypt that God gave Moses the law, and so they’ve added another 50 kind of celebration. And then in a moment, suddenly, they hear this hurricane like sound, but there’s no hurricane. It’s why you want to care for them. A JOYOUS BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT A Birth Announcement brings excitement and Joy. Everybody is baptized with the Holy Spirit at conversion, but we’re not always full of the Holy Spirit. It is why you’re here, why you worship, why you want to obey, why you sing songs, why you give testimony, why you desire to honor God. In Ephesians 5, be being kept filled with the Spirit, and the results are all laid out in Ephesians 5, “Speak to yourself in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, sing and make melody, your heart with the Lord, being submissive husbands, wives, parents, children, slaves, masters, all the relationships. Registered User This simple explanation in the verses that I read is the inauguration of the next great event of redemptive history. For even as the body is one and yet has many members, all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body. Mt 15:9 5. It wasn’t real wind, and it wasn’t real fire. Scripture We are studying the Gospel of Luke in a series of sermons I am calling, “To Seek and To Save the Lost.” Today I would like to study one of the best-known passages in all of Scripture. 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