August 15, 2021
We’d like to invite you to worship with us Sunday mornings at 9:30am on campus or via Facebook Live!
Covenant Community Church
3870 Alamo Dr.
Vacaville, CA. 95687
- What instances from the Old Testament until now do you recall of God’s Spirit being present? Where do we see God associated with wind and fire? What might this reveal about God’s unfolding plan for salvation? Why did God need to send his Spirit to humans?
- Pentecost was an annual harvest festival that occurred 7 weeks after Passover when devout Jews from all over the Mediterranean would come to Jerusalem. Most of these people spoke Greek as a second language and maybe even Latin, but their primary languages were varied local dialects of Aramaic. For the first time, Jews near and far were hearing in their own languages what God had accomplished through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Consider this miraculous scene where these Galilean disciples are speaking and the people are hearing them in their native tongue. How might this point back to the God using languages to confuse and disperse a prideful people group at the tower of Babel (see Genesis 11:1-9) and what might it reveal about what God is doing at Pentecost?
- Pentecost as a Jewish festival was celebrating God’s giving of The Law to his people. It was a time when they celebrated the fact that God had given his people a new and different way of living. What might the significance be of God’s Spirit coming upon the disciples on this occasion?
- To help the people understand what is happening, Peter begins his sermon by quoting a prophecy poem in Joel where God will end the 400-500 years of silence, defeat evil and save the world. What does this prophecy and this miraculous even reveal about God’s character? What do you think it means that Peter is hinting at the world’s salvation beginning now that the Church is being established on earth?
- God made a covenant with David (2 Samuel 7), that he would establish an eternal kingdom through a member of his family. God revealed small glimpses of His future plans and this messiah to David, which he then relates in Psalms. Peter quotes two of these Psalms (16 and 110) and attributes them to Jesus. What do these scriptures and Peter’s words point to regarding Jesus? What prophecies or promises are fulfilled in Jesus?
- In verses 37-41, the culmination of all they witnessed and heard, Peter calls them to a response. Read verses 38-39. About 3,000 people respond and their lives are changed. Throughout the Bible, God has called people to repent and commit to a relationship with Him, but it was a temporary response. How or why is this call to repent different? What significance does the Church community play in this repentance and move to salvation?
- The Holy Spirit is so obviously at work in this event, but we don’t often witness such dramatic displays, even though we know the Spirit is at work. Share a time when you clearly saw or felt the work of the Spirit and how that encouraged your faith.
- How do you see the Holy Spirit working in your life right now? If you don’t, why might that be?