How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians– we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Recall from Sunday:

Acts 2:1-2 – God’s Spirit levels the playing field as he empowers all people

Acts 2:3 – God’s presence unites people from diverse backgrounds

Acts 2:4-13 – God’s mission to be his witnesses unites us in common purpose

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

Do you have any close friends who are very different from you? What brought you together? What keeps you connected?

God’s Spirit empowers all people for their role in his kingdom work. Have you identified how you best serve in the kingdom? What does that look like? Who do you know who has very different strengths/gifts that you are thankful for their different kind of service?

Sometimes in the church we serve alongside people who have nothing in common with us besides faith in Jesus. Do you have any experiences with this that went well? How did their unique perspective strengthen the work you were doing together? Did you have any experiences that went poorly? What could you do in the future to work better with people who are different than you?

We can get too comfortable on Sunday sitting next to the same people week after week or only talking to the same people. Are there people in your rows you could make an effort to get to know who are different from you? How could the Spirit be leading you to participate in Pentecost-type unity?

Are you consciously using your gifts for God’s kingdom? This could be in a Sunday morning ministry like children’s church or worship, or it could be extending generosity or hospitality or mercy in your workplace. Discern together where the Spirit could be leading you to use your gifts in a new way.