Holy Spirit Comes
This Sunday we celebrate the world changing, pouring out of the Holy Spirit to the church of God during the feast of Pentecost (Acts 2). The Spirit brought inward transformation to the disciples (producing boldness) and outward signs to the nations (tongues spoken). Now after Pentecost, not only does God’s Spirit fill believers, but profound movements of the Spirit are bound up in and around the life and worship of the early church.
When the early church met they were very distinctive, they gathered together in the name of Jesus, they read and pondered the scriptures, they devoted themselves together to pray to the Father and gave to the poor. It was in this type of gathering that the Spirit’s power continued His great work of transforming the world one soul at a time.
Some of you may be aware that last weekend about 50 of us made the trek to Corop and gathered for the Church camp. Personally, I was so moved by hearing from different people as we slowed down to listen to each other’s stories. Different people shared about their favorite Bible verses and others told their God story and we spent time praying for each other. I felt that God’s Spirit was truly working among us, his church. The camp reminded me afresh that the best place for Christians to grow in our spiritual lives is with each other. That somehow, when we do life together in Jesus name, revolved around scripture and prayer, His Spirit comes and works among us. Of course, God’s Spirit also encounters us outside of church and our spiritual life must have it’s own personal attentiveness to it so that it can flourish. Yet, there are many parts of God’s blessing that we cannot replicate without being connected with other believers.
My encouragement to us all is that we would, like the early church, devote ourselves to sharing our God stories with each other, sharing the scripture with each other, praying with each other and watching the Spirit work in each other. From these life filling moments, we can be sure that God will be equipping us to send us out to share his good news with others.