the Reformation 500 years ago was about returning to what God says to us in his Word. So, we turn to Jesus in the familiar words of John’s gospel, the 8th chapter, verse 31. Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
On the Day of Pentecost, in Acts 2, when Peter and the apostles began speaking in tongues that day – it was clearly a known language to all the different ethnic groups that were up at Jerusalem that day. God was using all these extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit to help blend his Jewish/Gentile church into one body under Christ as its head.
Paul told the elders in Ephesus, “I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.” (Acts 20:27)...the Christian Church has long ago compiled a list of weekly readings that can be used for worship services and that ensure that all the truths of the Bible are touched upon throughout the year. As a general rule, though free to make adjustments at times, our pastors follow those selections when choosing the Scripture readings and the sermon texts week by week. That’s why you may have heard a relative or friend, even from a congregation of another denomination, say to you, “We had a sermon on that same text as you did last week.”
“These men are not drunk. It’s only 9 am” … Actually, let’s come back to that in a couple seconds …
The question at hand is about certainty. When it comes to matters of faith in God our Savior, we want to be certain indeed. God is even more concerned about that. He is concerned that his love for sinners, shown so clearly in the sacrifice of his Son for us, be clearly communicated and taught to every soul in this world.