Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Flames of Pentecost

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. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Acts 2:1-4

Today the Church celebrates Pentecost, when God's Spirit was poured out on believers. Luke's narrative in the opening pages of Acts, especially the dramatic chapter 2, highlights three significant aspects of the event. The gift of the Holy Spirit was:
1) promised by Jesus and was a fulfillment of the words of the prophet Joel
2) for all believers, regardless of gender, age, or social status
3) associated with the conversion experience of repentance and baptism

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