To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the ." This was not the birth of the church, but it was the church's first public proclamation of Jesus and the Gospel after His death and resurrection.
Was Peter's sermon at Pentecost the first sermon of the New Testament church? No, not really. Peter had preached a message to the gathered church about Judas and the need for a new apostle. This was the first evangelistic sermon of the New Testament church.
Was Pentecost the first time the Holy Spirit came upon God's people? No. The Holy Spirit had filled and empowered people several times in the Old Testament. Prophets, priests and kings were anointed by the Holy Spirit for their offices. The writers of Scripture were filled by the Holy Spirit as they wrote God's word. However, the relationship the Holy Spirit had with God's people changed significantly at Pentecost. At Penteost, Jesus gave the Holy Spirit as the constant indwelling Counselor and Comforter of all of His people.
At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out from the exalted and enthroned Christ as His kingdom blessing for all of His people. Now, by faith, everyone who trusts in Christ receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit and enjoys the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. As Paul would write later to the Corinthians: "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, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." (1 Cor. 6:19-20, ESV)
Pentecost was clearly a very significant event in the life of the church. God the Holy Spirit came to live within God's people to guide, teach, convict and empower us to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. The immediate effect of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was the bold and effective proclamation of Jesus as Lord, which we will see in detail in the coming days.
Lord, You have given us Your Holy Spirit to empower us to live for You. Thank You for His indwelling presence. May we walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh today and always. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Prayer Based on Proverbs 2:1-15:
Heavenly Father, Your words are a treasure.
Let us study, memorize, love and store up Your words in our hearts and minds.
Lord, make our ears attentive to wisdom and our hearts inclined to understanding.
Father, we need Your insight. We long for Your understanding.
Nothing this world offers us as information, insight or entertainment can ever compete with the treasure of Your life-changing wisdom.
You alone, O Lord, give true wisdom.
From Your mouth come knowledge and understanding.
We cannot understand ourselves, our callings, our world, Your kingdom
without Your Spirit and Your word to guide and inform us.
Be our Shield as we seek to walk in Your integrity.
Guard our paths and watch over our way each day.
Let us understand righteousness and justice, that we may do them.
Let us walk in every good path.
Send Your wisdom into our hearts and give us knowledge to delight our souls.
Watch over us, guard us, deliver us from the evil ways of the world.
We are Your people, Lord, and we look to You, in Jesus' name, Amen.