Posted by: StrongStakes | May 19, 2013

Happy Birthday, Church!

Gentlemen,

The Feast of Pentecost was celebrated 50 days after Passover, so traditionally, Pentecost Sunday has been celebrated by Christians at about that same time after Easter SundayPentecost Sunday celebrates the birth of the Church (Acts 2:1-13), and the coming of the promised and summoned Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17), Who enables and empowers us to live as Christians in a pagan world culture (Acts 1:8).

While visiting our son, daughter-in-law, and new grandson in Colorado Springs, we attended Pulpit Rock Church today, where the pastor reminded us of the amazing promises in John 14:12-15.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.  Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask me anything in My name, I will do it.  If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.”

During one of our Monday night Bible studies, we will have to steer a course down the “rabbit trail” of what this passage means … “greater works than these he will do” … what are these “greater works”? … and how is it possible for us as human beings to even come close to doing the “works that I (Jesus) do”?

Bottom line:  We are called to “extend the heart and hands of Jesus Christ” to a lost and dying world.

I pray that you will invest some time this Pentecost Sunday reflecting on the significance of this historic day.  Happy Birthday, Church!

By the way, please remember that the OC Bereans will NOT meet tomorrow night (May 20), but will reconvene next week on Monday, May 27th.  Since you are used to being with each other already every Monday night, I suggest that you get together in smaller groups (1-on-1, 3s, etc.) for a time of mutual sharing and prayer.  At the very least, email or text two or three fellow Bereans with a few words of encouragement from the Word of God.

Shalom!

~ tr


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