Acts 2:14-16 – Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel.’
Pentecost is all about evangelism. Throughout Acts, the Spirit is given in order to empower the believers to bear witness to the gospel. And how wonderful when preaching is followed by signs and wonders. But what about preaching that arises from signs and wonders? What about manifestations of the Spirit that are so unusual that they provoke questions? Welcome to Pentecost. Peter is not standing up here among the eleven, giving answers to questions no one is asking. Rather, something has happened of such magnitude that Peter feels compelled to stand up and interpret it. This is the kind of evangelism we long for isn’t it? Not preaching in a vacuum, but preaching in a storm.
Prayer: Dear Lord, like the earliest Christians may our witness and our worship provoke people to ask: ‘what does this mean?’