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We are Revival People: Revival Requires Fire
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tonguesas the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
Questions for Reflection
- Read the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. Do you find any comparisons between that story and Pentecost in Acts 2:1-12? How is language used differently? What are the differences in the outcome of the two events?
- What's the significance in Pentecost of all people hearing the Good News in their own tongue? (Note: this is not "speaking in tongues" because the comparative references in verses 2:4 and 2:11 make it clear that we're dealing with native languages). What "language" do you hear the Good News most clearly in? Does everyone hear that language clearly? Why is this important for ministry and evangelism?