This Sunday is part two of our Experiencing God series on the Holy Spirit. I’ll be speaking from the Old Testament book of Joel and the New Testament book of Acts. You cannot understand Joel 2 and Acts 2 apart from God’s great purpose to empower his people with the Spirit so they will take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Joel 2:28 contains a direct promise from God: “I will pour out my Spirit.” Break that sentence down:
I — the sovereignty of God.
Will — the determination of God.
Pour Out — the generosity of God.
My Spirit — the personality of God.
This Sunday we’ll consider this amazing promise of the Spirit from five different perspectives:
I. This is a Promise for the Last Days.
II. This is a Promise for All People.
III. This is a Promise for All Groups.
IV. This is a Promise of Coming Judgment.
V. This is a Promise of Free Salvation.
God is more willing to pour out his Spirit than we are to receive his outpouring. The problem is never with God. It’s always with us. God has more he wants to do in our midst. There are new adventures in store for us if we will “catch the wave” of the Spirit.
If you have the opportunity read the second chapter of Joel and the second chapter of Acts before Sunday. We’ll talk more about the power of the Holy Spirit and his influence in our lives!