April 8, 2018
I Will Build My Church: Pentecost
Acts 1 and 2 tell the story of the Ascension and Pentecost. Before returning to his Father, Jesus promised to send a gift to his disciples – the Holy Spirit. The Spirit arrived in a powerful way on the morning of Pentecost, filling the gathered believers with the supernatural ability to proclaim the wonders of God in many foreign languages.
The first thing that we can take away from this passage and the events of Pentecost is this: The power of God’s Spirit in your life serves the mission of God in the world. The work of the Holy Spirit in you supports the mission of God the Father in the world to save many through Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God is relentlessly committed to accomplishing the mission of God through the people of God. God is on the move, and his move is the church. Everything that God’s going to do in the world, he’s going to do through his Spirit-empowered people.
The second thing that we can learn from this passage and the events of Pentecost is this: The Holy Spirit’s first priority is to empower the Church for Gospel witness. All the gifts of the Spirit, and every one of the manifestations of the Spirit, serve to empower the Church to declare the wonders of God to the world. The Holy Spirit wants every man, woman, and child in our spheres of influence to have repeated opportunities to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ without the need to come or go anywhere.
The third thing that we can learn from this passage and the events of Pentecost is this: If we’re going to have an effective Gospel witness, we need to change our language. We have to learn to speak in the languages of those close to us who are far from God, so that God can bring them near to himself.