November 18, 2018
Pastor Jeff Strueker
I. This is a better buzz
They were all astounded and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But some sneered and said, “They’re drunk on new wine.”14 Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them: “Fellow Jews and all you residents of Jerusalem, let me explain this to you and pay attention to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it’s only nine in the morning.
II. The power of a God-given vision
On the contrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 17 And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all people; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 I will even pour out my Spirit on my servants in those days, both men and women and they will prophesy. 19 I will display wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below: blood and fire and a cloud of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
III. One giant leap for mankind
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
• I need to be saved. Today, I surrendered my soul to Jesus for the first time.
– I don’t have a clear grasp of God’s vision for me. Pray for me to see God’s plan clearly this week.
+ I will trust the Holy Spirit for the power to accomplish God’s plan for me this week.
- What is the best indicator that the Holy Spirit is controlling someone’s life? How can you notice the Holy Spirit in another person?
- Why would the crowd mistake this event for drunkenness?
- In what ways did the Holy Spirit fill you up last week? Be specific.
- Can you state God’s vision for your life in one sentence?
- What is common about all mankind that needs to be fixed? How does God fix that problem by sending his Holy Spirit? (Explain exactly how the Holy Spirit helps someone find healing from his or her greatest problem.)
- Read Joel 2:25-27. What will the presence of the Holy Spirit restore in Israel? (In what way will the Holy Spirit make life better?)
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to have more control over your life tomorrow.