We are Pentecost People

I don’t know about you, but I thought our time of worship together on Pentecost Sunday was awesome!  It was unifying, uplifting, and celebratory; much like what I imagine it was like on the first day of Pentecost! 

While it’s nice to look back on a great day of worship, the real challenge, I believe, is in looking forward. 

What will we do with the message of Pentecost? How do we embrace the Spirit’s presence in our lives and live out our calling as Pentecost people in the world today? 

As I shared in Sunday’s Pentecost message, as Pentecost People we are to live as those who have been united with one another by the Spirit of Christ.  Pentecost didn’t take away our differences; it reminded us that we worship a God who is greater than our differences!  

To call ourselves Pentecost People is to realize that our lives have been filled with the Holy Spirit. God’s very presence lives inside of each one of us guiding us through life together! 

As Pentecost People, we are called to be the presence of Christ in the world today. We don’t have to look very hard or very far to see the need for Christ’s love and grace in those around us. 

Much like the disciples on the day of Pentecost, our community is filled with people of different nationalities and religious backgrounds. No longer do we have to travel to other countries to find those who do not know Christ or struggle to meet the basic needs of life. The nations of the world have come to us. Poverty and pluralism are our neighbors. 

I believe that God is calling us to have a change of heart and a new perspective on how to be and do church today.

Many of the old programs and missional paradigms that were effective yesterday are simply not reaching most of the people around us who need Jesus today. These old ways of doing and being church have become our native tongue. 

Lord, we pray that you will send your Holy Spirit into our lives and breathe your presence into our church anew. Equip and empower us to live as Pentecost People.

Help us to speak of your love and grace in the languages of those you are calling us to reach. 

Amen. 

--Neil