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Dear Leader

At Pentecost we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the people of God. The church was birthed with great power. And today, God still wants His church to be a demonstration of who He is ... of His love and power. As we yield to the Holy Spirit each day, we can display the fruit of His presence but we can also experience His power flowing through us.

Fellowship

Icebreaker: Ask each LG member to share one or two things that they are grateful for.

Worship

Song suggestions:
1. Glorious (Paul Baloche)
2. Thank you (Bethel)
3. Deep in love with you (Michael W Smith)

Discipleship Theme: Experiencing Pentecost Now

Scripture Reading
Acts 2:1-21

1: A deeper understanding of Pentecost

Pente - means 5
Cost - a suffix that indicates 10
The Holy Spirit was poured out on the 50th day after Christ's resurrection.

But Pentecost didn't start in the New Testament. In the Old Testament Pentecost commemorated the giving of the Law at Mout Sinai. And this took place 50 days after the Exodus from Egypt. 50 days after the Passover. Think about this, Moses went up Mount Sinai, and the Law was given. Jesus went up to Heaven, and the Holy Spirit was given.

It was called the Feast of Weeks (See Exodus 34:22, Leviticus 23:15-16). This was a harvest festival, a time to thank God for the harvest.

God chose the feast of Pentecost as the moment to release the Holy Spirit, because it symbolizes a harvest time. That is why 3000 people were added to the Church that day. They were the first fruits of the harvest. In Acts 4 a further 2000 people were added. The estimated population in Jerusalem at that time was 55000 people. That means that roughly 10% got saved at Pentecost.

It is still harvest time today!

Discussion 1: What stands out for you about this deeper meaning of Pentecost?

2: Pentecost empowers you to bring in the harvest

God wants to use YOU!

Acts 1:8 "But YOU will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on YOU; and YOU will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and n all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth"

We will receive power ... to be HIS witnesses.

Sometimes Christians are scared of the word 'witness'. But it just means telling others about Jesus. In Acts 2:11 the crowds heard the disciples speaking in their own languages, 'declaring the wonderful things that God had done".

So we are witnessing every time we share about God's goodness to us.

There is a harvest that is ready. There are many people who are ready to believe in Jesus. And when we share with them, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we become harvesters.

We don't need to rely on our own strength. Jesus said "Apart from me you can do nothing."

Three thousand people were baptized. What a harvest! Can you imagine that new life and joy on that day? And they had heard the message in their own language, so they could go back to their own Towns and Countries and share the Good News. There were Arabs, Egyptians, Asians, Romans, Cretans and many others there that day.

Discussion 2: Share about your circle of influence (Family, friends, work) and how you can be a witness for the Lord right there. Ask if anyone has a testimony of witnessing under the power of the Holy Spirit and leading someone to the Lord, or helping someone to know Jesus better.

3: Don't just talk about Pentecost, make sure that you receive it.

Acts 2:4 "They were ALL filled ...

There were 120 believers in the place. The 12 disciples and 108 others. And ALL of them were filled. No one was left out. EACH of them received a flame of fire on their heads, and ALL of them began speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit enabled them.

What does it help to marvel at this incredible historic event but not to receive the Holy Spirit yourself?

In John 7:37-39, Jesus is foretelling of Pentecost and He invites us to:
• Thirst
• Come
• Drink
• Believe
You can know for sure that you have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Discussion 3: Which of these 4 words stands out for you now and why? (Which word did you need to hear and respond to afresh?). Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit?

Ministry

Have a time of praying in the Holy Spirit. Then wait quietly and trust for the Holy Spirit to move through the Prophetic, Words of Knowledge, or any of the other gifts.

Pray for those who haven't been Baptized in the Holy Spirit. God can move through Zoom!

Evangelism

You are empowered to be Christ's witness. Trust for an opportunity this week to tell someone of God's goodness.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

Bruce Taylor
Pastor
CHOOSE LIFE Church

Tel: 0861 CHOOSE
Tel: 0861 246673
Cell: 082 825 0481
Fax: 012 997 7161

bruce@chooselifechurch.com
www.chooselifechurch.com

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