September 26, 2021
Acts 2:1-13 / Common English Bible
2 When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
5 There were pious Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd gathered. They were mystified because everyone heard them speaking in their native languages. 7 They were surprised and amazed, saying, “Look, aren’t all the people who are speaking Galileans, every one of them? 8 How then can each of us hear them speaking in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; as well as residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the regions of Libya bordering Cyrene; and visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the mighty works of God in our own languages!” 12 They were all surprised and bewildered. Some asked each other, “What does this mean?” 13 Others jeered at them, saying, “They’re full of new wine!”
Hello Kingdom Family,
Together, we’ll lean into the intended diversity of God’s Kingdom and learn from Jesus’ teaching about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like and how it offers a blueprint for a life of radical love today.
What comes to mind when you hear the term “heaven on earth”? What would it look like for you? Your community? The Church?
God’s Kingdom was designed to be radically inclusive and diverse – on earth as it is in Heaven. In today’s message, we unpack Acts 2:1-13, what the Church’s birth represented, what happened to lead to the division we are experiencing today in the Church, and what actions we can take to get back to the original Church, living a Jesus-centered life, by following a Jesus-looking God.
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