The original title of this sermon is The Colors of the Gospel.
I have had the opportunity of attending a concert of an orchestra. An orchestra is about many instruments coming together. They are all fine when played alone. However, together they make music that is beautiful. The church should be like this.
The Holy Spirit shows up at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit shows up in a way unlike any other time in history. There is no mistake when he is there. The Holy Spirit shows up like a mighty rushing wind. I imagine this to be like the sound and impact of a tornado. You cannot mistake when a tornado shows up. Neither can you make a mistake when the Holy Spirit decides to make his presence known.
There was not a person in the room who was not touched by the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ promise is fulfilled in verse 4. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant is now in effect. The length of the New Covenant is from the death of Jesus on the cross until his return sometime in the future. We live in the New Covenant now.
vs. 5 You can see how all the pieces are starting to come together as God is orchestrating how he will start his church.
Jews from all over the Parthian Empire and the Roman Empire show up in Jerusalem for Pentecost.
vs. 6-8 These people had no special degrees, no software to download, no notes on the Ipad, no apps for the smart phone that taught them how to speak in multiple languages.
Every country in the Roman and Parthian Empires are represented at Pentecost. There were also Gentiles at Pentecost. These Gentiles had converted to Judaism but they were still Gentiles.
Revelation 7:9-10 – Churches should look more like heaven but church is the most segregated place on Sunday.
Prejudice has no place in a cross-centered, Christ focused, gospel preaching church.
Prejudice – 1.) an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason. 2.) any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable. 3.) unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.
The gospel is all inclusive. The gospel is for all people. Everyone should have an opportunity to hear the message of the gospel of Christ. John 3:16-18
The gospel is not limited to: education, culture, financial status, intellect, gender, geography, race, or background or past sins.
How dare anyone in any church say who can or cannot go to their church based on man’s opinions and reasons. It is time for churches to stop trying to get people to conform to the image of their church and help them conform to the image of Christ.
Jesus died & rose from the dead to give salvation to people from all nations, all languages and all backgrounds. Our mission is the Great Commission. It is our mission to get the gospel into the world and help them to see Jesus.