Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – August 16, 2015
Theme: Responses to the Word
Topic: The Pentecost Crowd
Main Texts: Acts 2:1-41
Key Verse: Acts 2:37 – ” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter
and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’” (NIV)”
Last Sunday, we saw that there are different Levels of Faith as we appropriate God’s word for ourselves, and that God honours them all:
The three characters Jairus, the bleeding woman, and the centurion with a sick servant, all exercised different levels of faith but the Lord honoured them all. We should respect individuals’ exercise of faith even if it makes us feel awkward
As we exercise faith in taking God at His word, there will always be challenges which could be from the reality on the ground or people around us who may either tell us our case is beyond prayer, or that we are responsible for our predicament as so should not seek relief.
We must hold on to God’s word and not be deterred by the challenges. Objects like handkerchiefs, anointing oil, holy water, etc. may help the faith of some people as “contact objects” but we must never see these objects as having any power as all healing comes from our trust in God through Jesus Christ.
This Sunday we will be looking at The Pentecost Crowd – that crowd of people that witnessed the unusual event at Pentecost. We will discuss their reaction to the seemingly bizarre event, the role of the apostles, and the aftermath. We should be ready for some personal challenges as leaders in VFC and in other gatherings where we play a leadership role. We will also participate in a little exercise of preparing a “10-second Gospel”! The New Testament event we call Pentecost started with about 120 disciples gathered in a room, praying – Acts 1:14-15. Then there was seemed to be a bizarre event – a mighty rushing wind, tongues that looked like fire, people speaking in languages they had never learnt which however were understood by outsiders who were not part of the “madness”. The reactions were not
unexpected: “What does this mean?” “They are drunk”. In case someone thought this was a one- off event, something similar happened much later in the home of Cornelius – Acts 10:44-45. Did the Holy Spirit who was behind all these realise how “bizarre” this whole thing was?
a) What are our honest feelings – spoken and unspoken – when we witness what seems
to be a disruption of our orderly fellowship by what people ascribe to the Holy Spirit? Peter, flanked by the other apostles, seeing the bewilderment of the onlookers stood up to explain the strange phenomenon in the light of the Scriptures. Hear how he started: “These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel …” (Acts 2:15-16 NIV). He continued, drawing the attention of the people to the Scriptural explanation for what seemed bizarre.
b) What is the role of the Church leadership in the supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the congregation and how is he prepared for this role?
c) What do you think would have happened if Peter and the other Apostles had simply ignored the remarks and carried on with the prayer meeting? Peter’s message was powerful, prompting these onlookers to ask “What shall we do?” (v37). The people accepted that what they had just heard called for a definite response on their part. But they
did not know what that response should be, and they wanted Peter to tell them. Peter’s response was clear and concise: Repent and get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so your sins can be forgiven and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit are available to you, your children, other nationalities and even to those unborn. Don’t let the corrupted society around you determine your destiny! (v38).
d) Let each participant write down in 2 minutes “a 10-second Gospel message” and 3 people share theirs with the group. We are told that about 3,000 people who accepted his message were baptized (v41). It is implied that not everyone who heard the message accepted it.
e) What are the possible responses – spoken or unspoken – from individuals after
listening to a Bible-based message?
Father, open my heart to your messages that I hear or read in your word so that I always respond in the way you expect. In Jesus’ name, Amen.