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The Personal Spirit. Someone asked Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, if God existed. He replied, "The question is not relevant. If there were a God, man could not comprehend him anyway. So what good would it be to have such a God?" He believed there was no way for God to be personal and knowable. He is not alone. When Hindus or even some Jews talk about God they are thinking of an influence or an impersonal force or an energy source of some kind that radiates from some place out there. Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons think of the Holy Spirit as like magnetism or electricity or gravity. They aren’t thinking of a person with personal characteristics and personality. Whatever it is it’s impersonal, without knowledge or emotion. The idea that there is a God and that this God is a personal God is foreign to all other religions. It’s one thing to consider God is a spirit, but to consider Him to be a personal Spirit is an altogether different matter. That’s a game changer. I know that we don’t generally think of the Bible as having much comedy in it but the one place you find it is in the prophets when they write about other gods and idols. They use a mocking and sarcastic tone as they make fun of people worshiping objects they have made themselves.
Pentecost is celebrated by Christians as the birthday of the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Since the Jewish Pentecost is the fiftieth day of Passover, the Christian Pentecost is the fiftieth day of Easter and the final day of the Easter season. Pentecost is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh to give birth to the Church.
Every Sunday, as we proclaim together the words of the Nicene Creed, we affirm a belief in the three persons of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, the Lord Jesus, and "the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life..." Pentecost celebrates, in particular, the gift of the Holy Spirit to us. So what does it mean that the Holy Spirit is "the Lord, the giver of life"? Here Fr. Cameron explores what the Creed might have to teach us about the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the role that He plays in our lives.
We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. This amazing gift that has the ability to give comfort and sustain us. But, the mystery of God can also be messy as it stretches and challenges us.
Pentecost Sunday and First Covenant Membership Sunday for Pinnacle Church
Pentecost-Gods Power Unleashed
The feast of Pentecost is about the Holy Spirit. At St. Andrew's we are blessed with the example and leadership of the Rev. Jo Roberts Craig, who has been a priest here for fourteen years. This sermon looks at the scriptures of what happened at the first Pentecost, as told in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1-21), and then reflects personally on ways that Mother Jo has brought the Holy Spirit into the life of St. Andrew's.