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001. God’s Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost to Reside in Believers

About 5 minutes, from Acts 2

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to relive sacred events, not to perform)
   Thomas
   Peter
   Becky
   Pilgrim
   Prompter         Shout a brief line and Echoes repeat it.
   Echoes            Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script.

Thomas

Wait! Wait! Wait! That’s all we do, Peter.
Now it’s the feast of Pentecost, and still nothing has happened!

Prompter & Echoes

Wait and pray!

Peter

Patience, Thomas. Just before he ascended to glory,
our Lord Jesus told us to stay here in Jerusalem,
and we would receive power from heaven.

Thomas

What kind of power did he mean, Peter?

Peter

We will see. Just look at this crowd, Thomas!
Devout Jews from many countries who speak many languages!
They have come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.

Thomas

Hey! What is going on? Tongues like fire are hovering over us!

Prompter & Echoes

Dancing flames!

Becky

Oh, my! What is going on, Pilgrim?

Pilgrim

I don’t know, Becky. I haven’t been here since Passover.
I just arrived along with all these other pilgrims.

Becky

Listen! The sound of violent wind is coming from heaven.

Pilgrim

Yes, but there is no wind!

Prompter & Echoes

Such noise!

Becky

Jesus’ disciples are explaining it.
They are recounting what happened after our leaders crucified him.

Pilgrim

Strange! We are all hearing it in our own language!

Becky

Listen. That man, Peter, is speaking to this crowd.

Peter

The prophet Joel foretold this coming of the Holy Spirit ages ago.
God has anointed us to proclaim to all of you that Jesus,
whom you crucified, has risen from the dead.

Becky

Oh my!

Prompter & Echoes

What have we done?

Pilgrim

Oh, Becky! This is devastating!
That day I also yelled, “Crucify him!”

Becky

You did? How awful!

Pilgrim

Peter! Brothers! This pierces my heart!

Prompter & Echoes

What can we do?

Peter

Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Prompter & Echoes

Repent and be baptized.

Thomas

Peter, imagine! 3,000 Jews trusted Jesus and were baptized today.

Peter

Jesus said he would build his church; it was born today.
Now God is dealing with his people according to the New Covenant
that Jeremiah foretold long ago!

Prompter & Echoes

A totally new way of life!

Thomas

We meet in homes now, and believers number in the thousands.

Peter

It’s amazing, Thomas!
From its tart, the first church in Jerusalem has obeyed Jesus’ orders,
just as the apostles taught us. Seven general commands sum up
all that Jesus commanded.

Pilgrim

We memorized them.
Repent, baptize, celebrate the Lord Supper, love in practical ways, pray, give sacrificially and make disciples.

Becky

We also use the different spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit gives us
to make loving, active disciples that multiply more each day!

Prompter & Echoes

By the Holy Spirit’s power!

Peter

Now, let us all discuss this.
God gives spiritual gifts to every believer to serve Jesus and others;
we put these gifts into practice during the week.

Prompter & Echoes

Every day!

Peter

 

I will mention a few of the gifts.
Then, please tell us which gifts you think God has given you,
or that you would like to receive.
Are you ready? Please speak out. Here are some of them.
The gifts empower us to…

    encourage
        serve
            tell others about Jesus
               go to other places to tell neglected people about Christ
                   heal in his name
                       comfort,
                           show mercy in practical ways,
                               give,
                                   shepherd.