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ESL for Acts 2

1.  In Acts 2:1-4 and 2:14-17 below, search for the ten vocabulary words listed in #2.

Acts 2:1-4  When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. NIV®

Acts 2:14-17  Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. . .’” NIV®

2.  Read Acts 2:2-4 and 2:14-17 in your native language. Then play this quick matching game. Time yourself. Can you do it in two minutes?

_____ 1.  Pentecost                             A. To think something is true

_____ 2.  Violent                                 B.  A member of one’s group; a companion

_____ 3.  Enable                                  C.  To speak to

_____ 4.  Address (verb)                     D.  A festival to give thanks for the harvest

_____ 5.  Fellow                                  E.   Very forceful and likely to do harm

_____ 6.  Suppose                               F.   To cause a large amount to flow from something

_____ 7.  Prophet                                G.  To give a message about the present or future

_____ 8.  Pour out                               H.  To see a heavenly image or have a dream while awake

_____ 9.  Prophesy (verb)                    I.  To make possible

_____10. Vision                                   J.  A person who predicts the future or speaks for God

(Answers are at the end.)

3.  Chain Game

Make a word chain by linking all the words in #2 together in any order. Each word in the chain must repeat at least two letters that are in the word before it. (Pour out counts as one word.) For example, the chain might begin with enable→violent→.  (One possible chain is given at the end.)

4.  Try to use the new words to fill in the blanks without looking at #2 above.

a.  God ______________ the Holy Spirit on the first Christians during the festival called Pentecost.

b.  The Holy Spirit ____________ these Christians to speak in other languages.

c.  Some people who heard these Christians _____________ that they were drunk.

d.  Jesus’ followers heard a sound like a ____________ wind.

e.  Peter called the crowd of people his ____________ Jews because he was also a Jew.

f.  When Peter ____________ the crowd, he explained what had happened.

g.  Peter quoted an Old Testament ____________ whose name was Joel.

h.  Joel had ___________ hundreds of years earlier about the gift of the Holy Spirit.

i.  According to Joel, young men would see _____________ in the Last Days.

j.   ________________ is a festival that comes fifty days after the Passover festival. (Jesus died on the cross during Passover.)

(Answers are at the end.)

Now for a little grammar – Hooray!

Be careful to place the word only in the right place in the sentence. Look at these examples.

  1. I only wrote a letter to Jim.  Only emphasizes that I wrote a letter rather than using a different form of communication or doing a different activity.
  2. I wrote only a letter to Jim.  Only emphasizes that I didn’t write anything else or that I didn’t use a different format for writing, such as an e-mail.
  3. I wrote a letter only to Jim. Only emphasizes that my letter was not written to any other person.

Note how only is used before the word nine in Acts 2:15. It would not be correct to say, “It only is nine in the morning.”

Answers for the Matching Game: 1-D, 2-E, 3-I, 4-C, 5-B, 6-A, 7-J, 8-F, 9-G, 10-H (If you matched the words in two minutes or less, you are a fabulous, fantastic fellow game player! J )

An example of a word chain: enable→ fellow→ violent→ vision→ suppose→ address→ prophet→ pour out→ prophesy→ Pentecost

Answers for the fill-in-the-blank exercise: a.)poured out  b.) enabled  c.) supposed  d.) violent  e.) fellow  f.) addressed  g.) prophet  h.) prophesied  i.) vision  j.) Pentecost

Want to know more about Acts 2? Click here or on the top tab titled Explorations in Acts.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV®) are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV® Copyright © 1973,1978,1984,2011 by Bilica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

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