The Inside Column 09/06

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshiping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”  Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” - Acts 2:1-12

Acts 2 has been described as the start of or the birth of the Church. We see this group of Jesus disciples, men and women meeting daily for prayer after Jesus has gone to heaven. They had been told to “not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about”. And then the day of Pentecost came. This was the game changer – this small group went from hiding and afraid, to bold and speaking out in power, bringing deep conviction and healing with new power that changes lives. People from all over the world came to faith, 41 those who accepted his message were baptised, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. All these people take their new faith back to all parts of the world, and the world was forever changed. The Good news about Jesus has continued to go out in the power of the Holy Spirit to the ends of the earth. We too have heard the Good news about Jesus and we to are told to be empowered for our mission by the Holy Spirit for the glory of God’s kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.  So we pray like the first disciples “Come Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit”

 Amen

Phil

 

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