3 Pillars: Pentecost

Sunday Service

  • 4 June 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • Three Pillars (significant events in the life of a Christian)
  • Pillar 1: Transfiguration
  • Pillar 2: Ascension
  • Pillar 3: Pentecost

The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2

  • The people came running: there was a spectacle
  • The wind came from heaven
  • The flames came from a single source and landed separately on them

Top 9 things about Pentecost

9. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter

8. The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2

7. Pentecost comes 10 days after the ascension of Jesus Christ

6. Pentecost is also known as “The Birthday of the Church”

5. Pentecost fulfils Jesus promise to send the “counsellor” & “spirit of truth” in in John 16:5-15

4. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the gospel after Jesus ascension: some 3,000 people were baptised

3. In Western churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the colour red, which symbolises the Holy Spirit.

2. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason. The celebration observes God giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus.

  1. Pentecost is celebrated by us today!

(Some) Characteristics of the Holy Spirit (as demonstrated at Pentecost)

  • Rowdy
  • Surprising
  • A bit out of control
  • Powerful
  • Supernatural
  • Effective
  • Cross cultural
  • Transforming
  • Personal and collective

 


 

Church like this (result of Pentecost):

  • Devoted to learning (putting it into practice)
  • Sharing meals (intimate and restorative)
  • A sense of awe (observing God at work)
  • Miraculous signs and wonders (participating in His will)
  • Met & fellowshipped together (spend time, do stuff, be accountable)
  • Shared everything (e.g. kids clothing exchange)
  • Shared with those in need (more to come)
  • Worshipped together (collective prayer is powerful)
  • Met in homes (be a rebel: go against our current societal norms; be daring and vulnerable)
  • Great joy and generosity
  • Praised God
  • Enjoyed good will of the people
  • The Lord added to those who were being saved (otherwise, what is the point?)

 

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