Revival Church held Pentecost service on May 23, 2021, with a total of 19 attendants. They were taught from Acts ch. 1, 2 to conclude their Pentecost mini-retreat which started after the main service.
Intern Pastor Joanna delivered the sermon and she explained that Pentecost is a time for celebration for it was held during the week of feasts. According to Deuteronomy 16:9-12, the people commanded to offer the fruit, then after seven weeks another fruit from their own desire to celebrate what God has done for the people of Israel.
The first fruit which was given was Jesus Christ according to 1 Corinthians 15:20. Then the second offering given after seven-week was the 120 who were gathered together and upon whom the Lord’s spirit rested. Seven is a complete number that represents completion. They are three eras in the Bible, the first was the era of the Father, the second was the era of the Son and the last is the era of the Holy Spirit.
Luke, the person who wrote the book of Acts was the only one who clearly explained the ascension of Jesus. Before Jesus ascended, He left commandments to the disciples and one of them was to not leave Jerusalem not until the Holy Spirit comes. When they were looking up into heaven when the Lord was going, the two men came and told them not to keep looking up into heaven because just as He went, He will come back.
The disciples went back to Jerusalem and there they prayed. After ten days while they were in one accord the Holy Spirit came and filled them. Just like Jesus said that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them, that very day Peter preached to a very large crowd of people, and among them, 3000 souls believed and were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The prophecy that was given through Joel was fulfilled in Acts 2 and when the promised spirit of truth came upon them, they had the boldness to witness the resurrected Christ. Peter fearlessly told the Jews and everyone who was present that day that your lawless hands killed Jesus who is now at the right hand of the Father just like David prophesied in Psalms 16:8-11.