But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
Reflect and Pray:
Here we have the opening words of Peter’s Pentecost sermon. He quotes old testament passages and shows them as being fulfilled in the events of the day. It is a sermon which has stood the test of time.
To be honest, I can’t really remember much about any single sermon I have every preached. In fact, I can really only remember one sermon in particular that was preached at annual conference years ago by Gene Lowry, a preaching professor from Saint Paul Seminary. It was about Jesus need to go through Samaria when he encountered the woman at the well. The question we were invited to reflect on was what Samarias each of us needed to pass through. Is there a sermon you have heard that really made an impact on our life?