Pastor’s Exhortations for May, 2018
“Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven & filled the whole house where they were sitting”. Acts 2:2
We celebrate, and remember Pentecost, and hardly anyone realizes it. Yet, the day of Pentecost is important, because Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. God has given us the wonderful opportunity to continue being a part of it. Just as we are part of the Bible story, we are also part of the Churches on-going story.
Pentecost says that the early Christians discovered joy unspeakable in their connection to the Church. Again and again, Paul writes, “Rejoice in the Lord. Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice!”
There are three things that are important in relation to Pentecost:
First, we see that the Church was created by God.
The Church is immortal. From the beginning of time, before the foundation of the world, God had in His mind the Church. And He promised that even the gates of Hades would not prevail against it. So Jesus came into the world, and after His death and burial and resurrection, the Church is formed. The Church comes into reality on the Day of Pentecost.
Second, we see that a mission of the Church is to communicate the love of God to a lost and dying world. Pentecost, is about communication. It is interesting that the whole idea of speaking in tongues has become such a controversial issue. When you read about Pentecost, the truth that comes to the surface is that God gave the gift of tongues to the apostles for one purpose, and that was for the purpose of communication. And so, not in tongues, but in plain English, we must do whatever we can do to share God’s simple message with our little section of the world.
Third, the goal of the Church is to establish a fellowship that is unique.
Can’t you see these early Christians after they first hear the good news about Jesus? On the Day of Pentecost there are 3,000 new converts, and they suddenly share something that has never been shared before. All of them know that they are guilty, that they have crucified Christ with their sins. But now they have repented of their sins. They’ve been baptized. They’ve been redeemed, and they’ve been given the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The world changed after Pentecost because of the Church’s influence on the world. And it ought to be the same today. We need to come into fellowship with each other without pretending. We can just be ourselves with all of our warts and blemishes, scrapes and scratches, to find love and acceptance, because that is what the Church is to be, the family of God. We invite you all to connect, or to re-connect to our churches. Come and feel the wonders of the Holy Spirit in your lives each and every Sunday. May God’s Blessings fall upon you all during this Pentecost season.