- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 2
Luke recorded what had happened on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem, and how the church began.
The Holy Spirit came upon the people (1-13) —- “Pentecost”, meaning fiftieth in Greek, was one of the three great Jewish festivals. It occurred fifty days after the Passover Sabbath (Leviticus 23:15). It was called another name, the Feast of Weeks or the Feast of Harvest. “Spirit” is pneuma in Greek, and ruach in Hebrew, describing breath. Wind and fire capture the impact of the Holy Spirit on the people, giving them the gift of speaking tongues so that all people could understand the gospel. God scattered the people with different languages of the nation by their sin (Genesis 11:1-11). But God gathered the people with same language of the nation by the grace of God, speaking the wonder of God.
Peter’s preaching (14-41) —- Once coward disciple Peter who denied Jesus three times stood up and witnessed to Jesus Christ. Peter began with Joel’s prophecy of the coming of the Holy Spirit and how it was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem. And he witnessed to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to his Lordship. He concluded his preaching with invitation to salvation, “repent and be baptized.”
The ministry of the first church in Jerusalem (42-47) —- Teaching, Worship, Fellowship, and Serving were four ministries in the church. And God added people to the number daily.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.