THE POWER AT PENTECOST – ACTS 2:1-13, Colin Munroe, Lead Pastor

Power at Pentecost

Acts 2:1-13 ESV
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 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.”


Acts 1:8-9 ESV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

“We are not going to move this world by criticism of it or conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God”

Vance Havner

  • The church exploded on the scene with power, potential, promise and purpose.
  • Power – The same power that raised Jesus.
  • Potential – You will do even greater things.
  • Promise – God’s faithful Word to send His Spirit and save the world.
  • Purpose – Be my witnesses and make disciples here there and everywhere.
  • Heaven was now on earth.
  • His Kingdom had come and was and is planted in us.
  • Christ’s presence multiplied through His body.
  • Power given to make the weak strong and to set the captives free.
  • This is not about more of us, but more of Him.
  • This same power lives in us to be His witnesses.
  • The ministry of the Spirit is to magnify Jesus!

John 16:14 ESV
He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Acts 2:1 ESV
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.

  • A feast held 50 days after Passover.
  • Passover points to Jesus sacrificial death.
  • Feast of First fruits points to His resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:20 ESV
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

  • At Pentecost the Jews celebrate the giving of the law, we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:2 ESV

 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 

  • What filled the house where they were sitting?

Acts 2:3 ESV

And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.

  • The Holy Spirit has been present throughout Israel’s history. 
  • The Holy Spirit was evident in Jesus.
  • Now the Spirit would dwell in us permanently rather than on us intermittently.

John 14:16-17 ESV
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

John 7:37-39 ESV
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

John 16:7 ESV
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

Acts 2:4 ESV

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

  • So there were 3 signs at the coming of the Holy Spirit:
  • A sound like a mighty rushing wind.
  • Tongues as of fire appeared and rest on each one.

Acts 2:4 ESV

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

John 3:8 ESV
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

  • As for tongues of fire – they can be set on fire by heaven or hell!

James 3:5-6 ESV
So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

  • When this member is set on fire by Heaven the mighty works of God are spoken in powerful and supernatural ways.
  • We witness with our tongue – speak life!

Acts 1:3-5 ESV
He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Romans 8:9 ESV
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.


1 Corinthians 12:13 ESV
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

 Acts 10:44-48 ESV
While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

  • We see 2 baptisms here, one from heaven and the other on earth.
  • Water baptism is a public witness of a believer’s immersion in Christ.
  • Spirit baptism is poured out from heaven and seals a saint in Christ.

Acts 2:5-13 ESV

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.”

Ephesians 5:18 ESV
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit

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