We have a goal for a big outdoor event on Sunday May 23rd. It is Pentecost Sunday celebrating the birth of Christ’s Church. Our 9:30 AM worship service will be broadcast on stage from the south lawn. It will include lots of praise, worship, testimonies, prayer and an anointed message.
The name Pentecost stands for the 50 days between Passover and the Shavuot festival. It was at this time when God poured out his Holy Spirit, giving his disciples the ability to speak the good news in every known language.
The same Spirit given then is present here and now. We are counting the 50 days between April 4 (Easter) and May 23 (Pentecost). Our first of seven themes during these 50 days is POWER. We continue to pray for and desire God’s power. Ask for it!
We pray for our “50 DAY” big event to be a big ingathering!!
Also, these 50 days are a challenge to increase our devotion to God. 50 Days of more Power, more Adoration, more Sharing, more Serving, more Invitation, more Oneness and more Newness. Our goal is to experience more of the passion of Jesus Christ.
Participation in the passion of Christ means we share! Our passion for sharing begins by sharing ourselves. We share our lives! Christian faith from its very beginning has always included fellowship. We share our lives by spending time with one another.
At the famous Pentecost event recorded in Acts chapter two we find at the end of the chapter these “birthmarks”:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.“ (Acts 2:42)
Sadly, the past year has put a big dent in our fellowship. Yet, thankfully, the majority of our small groups are now meeting. And, we look forward to the start of some new groups and classes.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…. Hebrews 10:24-25)
Sharing necessarily includes the sharing of resources. Generous giving has been a mark of Christ’s Church throughout its history.
Look again at the end of Acts 2. See the sharing of resources:
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
See the sharing of life together, meetings and meals:
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
And, a great way to grow our church!!
And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:44-47
Sharing and serving go hand in hand. The fruits of our faith are supposed to include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Good works—serving—is an outflow of our faith. We know that faith without works is dead. Our serving must be empowered by the Holy Spirit at work within us! We are called to serve after the example our Lord Jesus Christ:
“…but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28
Finally, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” This a song we have sung. More importantly it is a saying of our Savior:“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
Jesus’ words “as I have loved you” refer to his act of foot washing. Never does a superior bow down to do such a menial humbling act. Jesus does!
“Thank you, Jesus, for your powerful and passionate example of serving! Help us to do likewise. Amen.”