Pentecost is the day when the Holy Spirit came to give the disciples power after Jesus' resurrection.
The disciples were together in Jerusalem when they heard a noise like a strong wind. Over their heads flames of fire appeared, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
Suddenly each man began to speak in a different language, telling of the great things God had done. A large crowd gathered to listen. People asked, "How can this be? These men are from Galilee, yet they speak the language of every foreigner that are here today!"
At Pentecost, many people thought the disciples were drunk. "Those men have just had too much wine to drink!" they laughed.
But Peter stood up and said "People of Jerusalem, listen! We are not drunk; we are full of God's Spirit! God did miracles, signs, and wonders through Jesus, but you killed him. God knew this would happen. He raised Jesus from death and made Him Lord and Christ. Even King David, our ancestor, knew about God's plan. So change your hearts and lives! Repent of your sins and be baptised in Jesus' name. Then you will receive the same Holy Spirit that is in us."
Three thousand people believed in Jesus because of Peter's sermon that day.
Read the scriptures from Acts 2
Sermon by Peter
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all
with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing
mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire,
and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to
speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of
every nation under heaven.
Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together,
and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak
in his own language.
And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another,
Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were
Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in
Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and
Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya
about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the
wonderful works of God.
And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to
another, What meaneth this?
Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice,
and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at
Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the
third hour of the day.
But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will
pour out of 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:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in
those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the
earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into
blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the
name of the Lord shall be saved.
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man
approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs,
which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and
foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have
crucified and slain:
Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:
because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always
before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not
Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad;
moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou
suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make
me full of joy with thy countenance.
Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the
patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his
sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with
an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to
the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ,
that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having
received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath
shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith
himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right
Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God
hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart,
and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and
brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all
that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying,
Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added unto them about three thousand
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were
done by the apostles.
And all that believed were together, and had all things
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all
men, as every man had need.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and
breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with
gladness and singleness of heart,
Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the
Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.