1) Listen to Podcast
2) GG Questions
Fulfilling God’s Dream: Ready, Steady… Go!
1. Peering into Pentecost : The book of Acts is filled with events which stretch our understanding of the way that
God works in the world and in His people in particular. The events of Pentecost rightfully rest on the top of that
list! Read through Acts 2:1-13. Try to visual and imagine what occurred on that fateful date – the sights, the
sounds, the wonder. What do you notice? What stands out to you? What questions do you have?
2. My Tongue is on Fire! : Divided tongues of fire rested on each of them… Okay, that’s pretty weird. What in the
world is going on here? Is there anywhere else in Scripture which brings together the ideas of wind, fire, and
the Spirit (Exod. 40:33-35; 2 Chron. 7:1-3)? If God filled the OT temple with His Spirit in a unique and powerful
way, how might you expect God to fill the NT temple (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19-20)? Have you ever sat down and
thought about these words of Jesus: “The Father and I will come to them and make our home with them” (John
3. What’s “New” about the New Covenant? : Biblical covenants have signs. The sign of the Noahic covenant was
the rainbow… the sign of the Abrahamic covenant was circumcision… the sign of the Mosaic was the Sabbath.
But the sign of the New Covenant , a covenant Jesus ratified with his blood (Luke 22:20), is the Spirit ! The NT
establishes a strong contrast between the Old/Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant (Rom. 8:3). What’s
new about the New Covenant? Read the following New Covenant promises of a new spirit / circumcised heart
/ law-inscribed heart (Ezek. 36:26-27; Jer. 31:31-33; Deut. 30:6). What do each of these promises have in
common with regard to the internal change the Spirit will produce within the believer?
4. What’s the Deal with Speaking in Tongues? : The Bible is, at times, baffling. Compare the account of believers
speaking in tongues at Pentecost (Acts 2:8) with the kind of tongues Paul describes to the Corinthians (1 Cor.
14:2, 9, 14). What’s the difference? What relationship might there be between the tongues at Pentecost (Acts
2:5, 8-11) and the tongues at Babel (Gen. 11:7-9)? And what personal relevance can we draw for our own
witness from the fact that these Spirit-filled believers were “telling the mighty works of God”?