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Acts 2:1-8;12-16 NLT

1 On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.

2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.

3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.

4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

5 At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem.

6 When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.

They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee,

8  and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!

12 They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.

13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”

14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.

15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 

16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel

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The Message

Rev. Dr. Brice Thomas

Sermon Theme: Baptism by the Spirit

Jesus, his disciples and most of his earliest followers were Jewish. Although Jesus had disagreements with some religious leaders about how Judaism should be practices, he never rejected the Jewish faith itself. Given this, it is ironic that there has been conflict between Jews and Christians in Western history. Anti-Jewish attitudes are a perversion of the gospel and Scripture. If we want to understand the message of the book of Acts, we must learn to appreciate the Jewishness of the early Jesus movement. In fact, the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost happened in the context of an important Jewish festival.


The Church’s birthday is a reversal of the Tower of Babel, when God confused human languages and scattered the nations across the earth. It was an acknowledgment that humanity was divided by tongues (language). God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven (Acts 2:5) and other foreigners came together in one place: Jerusalem. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit removed the divisions of culture and language, and the new Church was birthed as a place where God’s Spirit dwells by breaking down racial, cultural and social barriers.


Given Pentecost's reminder that the Holy Spirit descends on all God's children equally—Christians have a special obligation to rise up and speak out against the evils of social injustice; offering concrete support to our black brothers and sisters protesting peacefully in the streets today. If it is God’s intention to restore us to the original plan of creation, what is our duty as Christians to promote peace and justice in marginalized communities and across the world? Download the list of actions that we can take today, individually and as a community of faith.

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