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Title: The%20Pentecost


1
The Pentecost
  • A time to glorify Christ

2
  • How God used ordinary men and women, just like
    us, to glorify His name.

3
St. Peter
  • Mathew 102 Now the names of the twelve apostles
    were these first, Simon, who is called Peter.
  • Greek term for first is protos, which means
    chief, leader of the group
  • Whenever the disciples were mentioned in Mathew,
    Mark, Luke and Acts, Peter is the one that is
    mentioned first.
  • Stands out as the leader, spokesperson for the
    whole group
  • Peters name is mentioned in the Gospels more
    than any other name except Jesus

4
St. Peters Qualities
  • Eager
  • Aggressive
  • Bold
  • Outspoken
  • Impetuous
  • Impulsive
  • Naturally dominant personality

5
Simon, who He also named Peter (Luke 614)
  • Peter means Rock
  • Petros is the Greek word for piece of rock, a
    stone
  • Jesus wanted the nickname to be a perpetual
    reminder to him about who he should be.

6
  • In Luke 55 Simon answered and said to Him,
    Master, we have toiled all night and caught
    nothing nevertheless at Your word I will let
    down the net.
  • That is young Simon the fisherman speaking he
    is skeptical and reluctant
  • But as he obeys and his eyes are opened to who
    Jesus really is, Luke refers to him by his new
    name When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at
    Jesus knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a
    sinful man, O Lord! (Luke 58)

7
Three key elements for True Leadership
  • The right raw material
  • The right life experiences
  • The right character qualities

8
Raw Material
  • Age-old debate about whether true leaders are
    born or made
  • Peter is a strong argument that leaders are born
    with certain gifts, but must also be properly
    shaped and made into a true leader

9
Inquisitiveness
  • Leaders need to have an insatiable curiosity
  • Knowledge is power
  • Whoever has the information, has the lead
  • Normally manifests in early childhood
  • Peter asked more questions than all other
    apostles combined!
  • He wanted to know more, to understand better

10
Initiative
  • If a man is wired for leadership, he will have
    drive, ambition and energy
  • He is a starter
  • Not only did Peter ask lots of questions, but he
    was usually the first to answer any question
    posed by Christ.
  • It is much easier to tone down a fanatic than to
    resurrect a corpse

11
Involvement
  • True leaders are always in the middle of the
    action
  • True leaders must show the way
  • Even though Peter denied Christ, he and John were
    the only ones that followed Jesus to the high
    priests house to see what would become of Jesus
    (John 1815). Peter was the only one close
    enough for Jesus to turn and look him in the eyes
    when the rooster crowed.
  • Despite his fear and weakness, he couldnt
    abandon Christ completely!! Thats a sign of a
    true leader.

12
Life Experiences
  • Experience can be a hard teacher- humiliating,
    embarrassing, painful
  • After declaring in front of everyone that he
    would never deny Christ, Peter denied Him anyway.
    Peter learned the hard way that he was weak and
    how little substance he had. He learned to be
    watchful and careful and to rely only on Gods
    strength.
  • Sometimes the experiences are encouraging,
    uplifting, and perfectly glorious such as when
    Peter saw Christs divinity on the Mount of
    Transfiguration.

13
Character Qualities
  • Lasting leadership is grounded in character ?
    Character produces respect ? Respect produces
    trust ? Trust motivates followers.
  • Qualities of a leader
  • Integrity, trustworthiness, respectability,
    unselfishness, humility, self-discipline,
    self-control, courage

14
  • Spiritual Leadership Characteristics that were
    developed in Peter

15
  • Submission
  • A true leader is an example of submission by the
    way he submits to God and His word
  • He later talked about it in 1 Peter 2 13-18
    Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance
    of man for the Lords sake, whether to the king
    as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are
    sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and
    for the praise of those who do good. For this is
    the will of God, that by doing good you may put
    to silence the ignorance of foolish men as free,
    yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as
    bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the
    brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants,
    be submissive to your masters with all fear, not
    only to the good and gentle, but also to the
    harsh.

16
  • 2. Restraint
  • - self-control, discipline, moderation
  • 3. Humility
  • - leaders are often tempted by the sin of pride
  • 4. Love
  • - Love became one of the hallmarks of his
    teaching. In 1 Peter 48 he wrote, Above all
    things have fervent love for one another, for
    love will cover a multitude of sins. Its
    about a love that covers and compensates for
    others failures and weaknesses.

17
  • 5. Compassion
  • - Peter has great compassion for those who
    succumb to temptation or fall into sin since he
    himself was at the bottom. In 1 Peter 58-10, he
    wrote, Be sober, be vigilant because your
    adversary the devil walks about like a roaring
    lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him,
    steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same
    sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in
    the world. But may the God of all grace, who
    called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus,
    after you have suffered a while, perfect,
    establish, strengthen, and settle you.
  • 6. Courage
  • - The price of preaching for Peter would be
    persecution, oppression, trouble, torture, and
    ultimately martyrdom Peter needed rock-solid
    courage to persevere

18
After the Pentecost ? different Peter
  • He preached at Pentecost and 3000 people were
    saved.
  • He and John healed a lame man
  • He was so powerful that people were healed in his
    shadow
  • He introduced the gospel to the Gentiles
  • He wrote two epistles, 1 and 2 Peter, in which he
    featured the very same lessons he had learned
    from the Lord about true character.

19
  • St. Andrew The Apostle of Small Things

20
  • He was Peters brother, also a fisherman
  • He was one of the first disciples to be called,
    and he was responsible for introducing his more
    dominant brother, Peter, to Christ (John
    140-42). He couldnt keep the good news to
    himself, and wanted to bring the person he loved
    the most to Christ.
  • He was the least contentious and the most
    thoughtful
  • His name only appears 9 times in the New
    Testament
  • Whenever he speaks in the Scripture, he always
    says the right things.

21
  • He had the right heart for effective ministry in
    the background. He did not seek to be the center
    of attention. He did not seem to resent those
    who labored in the limelight. He was an effective
    leader even though he never took the spotlight.
  • He may be a better role model than Peter for most
    church leaders, since most who enter the church
    service labor in relative obscurity, as opposed
    to being renowned and prominent.

22
He saw the value of Individual People
  • He was known for bringing individuals, not
    crowds, to Jesus.
  • His first act after discovering Jesus was to go
    and get Peter
  • At the feeding of the five thousand, Andrew was
    the one who brought the boy with the loaves and
    fish to Christ.
  • In John 1220-22, some Greeks came to Phillip
    wanting to meet Jesus ? Phillip told Andrew and
    Andrew brought them to Jesus

23
  • He brought Peter to Christ which made him the
    first home missionary. He also brought the
    Greeks to Christ, making him the first foreign
    missionary.
  • The most effective means of bringing people to
    Christ is one at a time, on an individual,
    personal basis.
  • Nothing indicates that Andrew ever preached to a
    crowd, or stirred masses of people, but he is the
    one that brought Peter to Christ. All the fruit
    of Peters ministry is ultimately also the fruit
    of Andrews faithful, individual witness.

24
He saw the value of Insignificant Gifts
  • He knew the 5 loaves and 2 fish will not feed the
    five thousand, but he brought the boy to Jesus
    anyway.
  • Gods ability to use a gift is in no way hindered
    or enhanced by the size of that gift. It is the
    sacrificial faithfulness of the giver, not the
    size of the gift, that is the true measure of the
    gifts significance.

25
He saw the value of Inconspicuous service
  • Andrew is the picture of those who labor quietly
    in humble places, not with eyeservice, as
    men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ,
    doing the will of God from the heart (Ephesians
    66).

26
  • God delights in using such insignificant gifts
    and inconspicuous service, because He has chosen
    the foolish things of the world to put to shame
    the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of
    the world to put to shame the things which are
    mighty and the base things of the world and the
    things which are despised God has chosen, and the
    things which are not, to bring to nothing the
    things that are, that no flesh should glory in
    His presence. (1 Corinthians 127-29)

27
  • Lydia a hospitable heart opened

28
Some Facts
  • Lydia was a worshipper of YHWH, a gentile, not a
    Jew.
  • She was a businesswoman, she sold purple dye and
    fancy purple cloth wealthy
  • Lydia is best remembered as the original convert
    for the gospel in Europe. She was the first
    person on record ever to respond to the message
    of Christ during Pauls original journey into
    Europe.

29
  • Her heart was truly open, she was a genuine
    seeker of God.
  • Yes, she was seeking, but even that was because
    God was drawing her. She was listening, but God
    gave her ears to hear. She had an open heart but
    God opened her heart.
  • The Lord opened her heart to heed the things
    spoken by Paul (Acts 1614)
  • In reality, whenever you see someone who is truly
    seeking God, you can be certain that God is
    drawing them. Whenever someone trusts Christ, it
    is God who opens the heart to believe. If God
    Himself did not draw us to Christ, we would never
    come at all.
  • No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent
    Me draws him (John 644).
  • No one can come to Me unless it has been granted
    to him by My Father (John 645)

30
  • For her part, she responded instantly ? she and
    her household were baptized.
  • She led others to Christ, and God was graciously
    opening their hearts too.
  • She was quick to show hospitality to Paul,
    Timothy, and Silas
  • Had the honor of hosting in her own living room
    the earliest meetings of the first church
    established in Europe

31
  • Judas The Traitor

32
  • The call of Judas is not recorded, however he
    followed Jesus willingly. He had given his life
    to following Jesus, but he never gave Jesus his
    heart.
  • It was obvious that Judas was not attracted to
    Christ on a spiritual level. He sensed Jesus
    power, and he wanted power like that for himself.
    He was not interested in Salvation, but in
    wealth, power and prestige.
  • On the other hand, Jesus also chose him. Not for
    redemption, but for his role in betrayal was
    ordained before the foundation of the world and
    was prophesized in the OT.
  • Psalm 419 Even my own familiar friend in whom I
    trusted,          Who ate my bread, Has lifted up
    his heel against me.

33
The moral of his life
  • Judas is a tragic example of lost opportunity
  • Judas is the epitome of wasted privilege
  • Judas is a classic illustration of how the love
    of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1
    Timothy 610)
  • Judas exemplifies the ugliness and danger of
    spiritual betrayal
  • Judas life serves as a reminder to each of us
    about our need for self-examination (2
    Corinthians 135)
  • Judas is proof of the patient, forebearing
    goodness and loving-kindness of Christ.
  • The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies
    are over all His works (Psalm 1459).
  • Judas demonstrates how the sovereign will of God
    cannot be thwarted by any means.
  • Judas is a vivid demonstration of the
    deceitfulness and fruitlessness of hypocrisy.

34
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