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Between “Christ has risen” and “Christ will come again,” we are the followers of Christ, the body of Christ, the Church. We know that we do not live up to what Jesus calls us to be – we judge too much, we love too little, we hold grudges too long, and act too little or too late – being Church is messy – but we are God’s Pentecost people, the incubator, we are the accelerator on which God pours out the Holy Spirit...
Pentecost means 50 because it's 50 days after Easter. Easter has to do with light/dawn because the sun rises in the East. Acts 1:4-8, Romans 8:14-17, James 1:22-27
While the day of Pentecost always carried great significance on the Jewish calendar, it became relevant to Christians as the day that God chose to send His Holy Spirit to live within every believer. As Christians, we are entitled to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and His energizing power, but many are not aware of this birthright. We don’t want to live beneath our privilege as believers. Pastor Kevin looks at Acts 2 to consider four dynamics that show us how the believer can access the power of the Holy Spirit for victorious Christian living.
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.