INTRODUCTION: Our state experienced the roar of tornadic activity this very week. The disciples of Christ were caught up in something very much like a tornado on that first Pentecost Sunday. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He instructed His disciples to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the coming of the Spirit, and so they did. Early one morning, while they were all together praying, they heard a sound unlike anything they had ever heard before. Let’s notice the following results:
l. SIMON PETER WAS TRANSFORMED WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME UPON HIM.
A. The sermon Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost was energized by
the Holy Spirit.
B. He went from being an impulsive fisherman into a fearless evangelist.
ll. SIMON PETER WAS TRANSFORMED TO SERVE.
A. The Holy Spirit came to the disciples so they could continue the work
Jesus had begun.
B. The real sign, the “proof of the pudding” of the Holy Spirit’s presence, is service.
lll. SIMON PETER BECAME A CHANNEL OF BLESSING TO OTHERS.
A. The true test of whether the Holy Spirit is alive and well in a church is
if we are a channel of blessing to others.
B. We must stop sleeping through a tornado.
JOEL 2:28 - 32