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The purpose of this guide is to help you continue your worship throughout the week – devotionally looking back on
Sunday’s service and considering what was read, sung, prayed and preached more deeply – with an eye towards
devotion and application.
Call to Worship – Psalm 16:8-11
I have set the ​LORD​ always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad,
and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one
see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are
pleasures forevermore.
Take a few minutes to contemplate the joy that God has given you. Dwell on the promise that whatever joy you have
been given now, it is leading to a much greater joy in the new heavens and new earth, where we will truly be given
“fullness of joy.”
Song: All Creatures of Our God and King
Consider specifically the third lyric:
And all ye men of tender heart/forgiving others, take your part/O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear/praise God and on Him cast your care!
O praise Him, O praise Him!/Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Spend time acknowledging the forgiveness you have received from Jesus and then extend that forgiveness to others you
may be embittered towards. Consider the “pain and sorrow” that you bear and cast your care upon God – asking Him to
care for you.
Song: O Church Arise
We are singing this song every week during the month of April, as we see the formation of the New Testament church in
the early part of Acts. Spend some time remembering the work of the Spirit in helping us persevere to the end, as these
lyrics remind us.
So Spirit, come, put strength in every stride/Give grace for every hurdle.
That we may run with faith to win the prize​/​Of a servant good and faithful.
Ask God to fulfill this promise – to give you strength and grace to finish your race well.
Song: God the Spirit
There are relatively few good songs about the Holy Spirit, and this is certainly one of them. Spend time praying the
supplications in this song to the Holy Spirit:




May thy ceaseless renovation cleanse our souls from stains of earth
When we wander Lord direct us, keep us in the Master’s way
Let thy strong swift sword protect us warring in the evil day

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Read this passage and consider:



How does this passage align with the sermon passage in Acts 2?
Consider Mark 15:37 – “And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.” and remember the line from
the song “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” –

Behold the Man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulders; ashamed I hear my mocking voice call out among the
scoffers. It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished; ​His dying breath has brought me life;​ I know that
it is finished.
Confession of Sin
Take time to confess your own lack of reliance on the Holy Spirit. Ask God to forgive us of our self-righteousness and
self-sufficiency. Confess to Him anything else that you’ve felt convicted of recently.

Assurance of God’s Forgiveness – Romans 8:9-11
9​

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have
the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10
​ ​But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is
11 ​
life because of righteousness. ​ If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ
Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
As you consider the work of the Holy Spirit, spend a few minutes giving thanks to God for the resurrection power of the
Holy Spirit. When you consider the sins you confessed to God, how does the power of the Spirit give you help and hope?
Response of Praise: The Doxology
Take time to praise God for the great work of the Gospel. He is truly the God from whom ALL blessings flow.
Song: On Jordan’s Stormy Banks
Having confessed your sins, and been assured of God’s forgiveness, lean into the promise given in this song: No chilling
winds nor poisonous breath/Can reach that healthful shore/Sickness, sorrow, pain and death/are felt and feared no more.
Sermon Passage: Acts 2:1-13
Other Relevant Passages to Consider: ​Genesis 11:1-9​ / ​Matthew 3:11​ / ​John 16:7-15​ / ​John 20:21-22
Questions for Reflection/Application
Read Genesis 11:1-9. How does this passage relate to our current passage in Acts? How do you see God “making all
things new”? How does this encourage you/give you hope?
As you look at our culture and our church (considering societal, national and racial divisions), what are some ways that
Genesis 11 has not yet been totally “reversed” by Acts 2? On the other hand, what are some signs that this work has
begun?
How does Acts 2:1-13 point us toward the new heavens and new earth, and how does this give you hope in light of the
previous question?
What does this passage tell you about Jesus?
Closing Song: Praise the Father, Praise the Son
As you consider the day and week ahead, bring your burdens one more time to the Lord –
These sufferings, this passing tide/Under your wings I will abide/And every enemy shall flee/You are my hope and victory
Closing Prayer:​ Consider closing by praying the following prayer from Scotty Smith (this is from a Pentecost Sunday,
but you get the idea):
Heavenly Father, on the church calendar it’s Pentecost Sunday—a day for celebrating the giving of your Holy Spirit to
your church—a day for rejoicing in ​the ​many​ ways the ​Spirit works in our lives.
For starters, it was your Spirit who raised us from our spiritual death, showed us the depth of our need, and convinced us
only Jesus could meet our need. He gave us the faith we need to believe the gospel. We are grateful, Father.
And by the Spirit, you sealed us forever as your beloved children. We’ll never be unborn-again, disowned, or orphaned
from you. The Spirit is the firstfruits of our final redemption—the guarantee that one Day we’ll be completely like Jesus,
sharing life with all our brothers and sisters in the new heaven and new earth. Indeed, the Spirit is the engagement ring
wrapped around our hearts—the sign and security of our marriage to Jesus, our loving Bridegroom. Nothing
will ​ever​ separate us from the love of Jesus. Hallelujah!
It’s by the Spirit we hear you ​constantly​ telling us we are your beloved children—guiltless and condemnation free,
desired and delighted in greatly. Hallelujah! We worship you acceptably only by the Spirit’s ministry. And he ceaselessly
prays inside of us what we’d pray for ourselves if we knew what the Spirit knows. By the Spirit, you’ve gifted for service
and empowered for mission—every one of us, no exceptions. Thank you, Father, thank you.
On this Pentecost Sunday, we heed afresh your command to be filled with the Spirit. We gladly and expectantly yield.
Come, Holy Spirit, come, and fill us to overflowing—to the praise of our God and for the blessing of our neighbors. So
very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ exalted and loving name.
Additional Resources to Consider:




Book:​ ​The Holy Spirit ​(Sinclair Ferguson)
Booklet:​ ​The Work of the Holy Spirit ​(Richard Gaffin)
Article: Jesus: The Breath of Life (Nick Batzig) - ​http://feedingonchrist.com/jesus-breath-life/


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