Key Texts: Acts 2:1-2
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
Today is Pentecost Sunday.
It is the traditional day in the Christian tradition when we pause to remember and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the newly forming church in its infancy, just as Jesus promised.
The coming of the Spirit did a number of things.
- Empowered the believers to do all that Jesus had said they would be called to do in His name
- Enabled them to come together in a way that had previously been difficult, breaking down barriers of language and culture, so that they could truly be one in the Spirit
- Excited them to action as God’s people
Does it still do that for the Church today? I believe it does.
These days some churches worry over declining membership and enthusiasm. Others still enjoy large gatherings, but wonder what it is exactly that God is calling them to do in this time and place.
I believe the coming of the Holy Spirit offers answers for both those concerns.
If we would be faithful, effective, continuing to bring God glory in large and small ways alike, we must first and foremost come together in unified purpose: to follow God’s leading through the Spirit.
There is no place for doctrinal division and conflict.
Our world is a very hurting place – and we have the answer – in proclaiming God’s love and grace.
Let the Holy Spirit move us, guide us, strengthen us – now as the Spirit as done before.
The world awaits.