In these past two weeks it has been a great outpouring of God’s heart to us through our Man of God, all in the preparation to receive and experience all that God has in stored for us, but there is a process, in receiving that which the Lord God has promised. We did ten days of fasting and prayer and yesterday was our recognition and celebration of Pentecost, Pentecost Sunday, what a powerful message from God, A new Pentecost for a New Era, so if I may this morning piggy back on what was spoken, like Jacob, stated I won’t let go until (unless) You bless me. Gen. 32:26, and as the song was ministered yesterday, I will stay here, Holy Spirit, until You change me, I need You, so I would like to linger a little longer in Pentecost and share 9 things to know about Pentecost. In my classroom I have found that repeating things has become an essential tool of learning, studies show that by doing something 3-6 weeks continuously it becomes a habit, and this is something that we are instructed to do here, at PCC, to go over the messages because once isn’t enough to get the revelation that God is trying to get to us. So, before we pray there are 9 key things to know or to be reminded about Pentecost:
9 KEY THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PENTECOST
Pentecost- the Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.
Pentecost Sunday is a commemoration and celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church. John the Baptist prophesied of the first Pentecost when Jesus was baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11). Jesus confirmed this prophecy with the promise of the Holy Spirit to the disciples in John 14:26.
Pentecost is celebrating the church's glory days and "Pentecost is also an invitation to dream. For when a community of faith quits dreaming dreams, it has little to offer either its members or the wider world."
Pentecost is a Christian holy day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter. Some Christian denominations consider it the birthday of the Christian church and celebrate it as such. Originally, Pentecost was a Jewish holiday held 50 days after Passover. It marks the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and their transformation from frightened and confused people to men/women who would face martyrdom for what they believed. Pentecost was a time when God poured out the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
1. Pentecost means '50'. key things to know
Pentecost is from the Greek word 'Pentekostos', which means 'fifty'. It's the 50th day after the Sabbath of Passover week and in Judaism is called the Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:16).
2. It's traditionally celebrated as Whitsun.
The word Pentecost has become more common in the UK, but traditionally the Church celebrated it as Whitsun – 'White Sunday'. It's believed that this is because it was a day for baptisms and those being baptized would wear white. Another explanation is that it derives from the Anglo-Saxon word 'wit', which we still use for verbal cleverness, but which meant 'understanding' – celebrating the disciples being filled with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost was when God poured out the wisdom of the Spirit.
3. Speaking in tongues. key things to know about Pentecost
Luke tells the story in Acts 2:1-13. Some scholars think he was referring to an experience of 'glossalalia' or speaking in tongues, an ecstatic outpouring of praise in an unknown language. Others point out that what the disciples said seems to have been understood by their hearers.
4. Pentecost is the fulfilment of two promises.
One promise is in the Old Testament – Joel 2:28, which says "I will pour out my Spirit on all people", and one in the New, where Jesus says he will send another Counsellor, the Spirit of truth (John 16: 5-15).
5. Modern day Pentecostals emphasize the gifts of the Spirit.
Pentecostals are so called because of the emphasis they place on the gifts of the Spirit, particularly speaking in tongues. They stress the possibility of a direct personal experience of God, like the first disciples, which – just as it was then – is often manifested in dramatic ways. Modern Pentecostals trace their origins to the Azusa Street Revival in 1906 Los Angeles.
6. There was wind... key things to know about Pentecost
Luke tells of three distinct experiences. A violent wind filled the house: breath or wind is a symbol of the Spirit of God. Ezekiel 37 tells the story of the prophet's vision of a valley of dry bones which come together: when the 'breath' of God enters them, they come to life and stand on their feet. The Pentecost wind represents the power of God to bring life to the 'dry bones' of faith.
7. ...and tongues of fire...
Tongues of fire separate and come to rest on each of them. Jesus told his disciples, "You are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14). In John 8:12 he says, "I am the light of the world."
In Western Churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the color red, which symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit. The picture of the disciples receiving the Holy Spirit in Acts that was drawn in the 17th century seems to be of a single flame that separates and symbolically rests on each of them; the disciples will do what Jesus did ( PCC disciples, ECIC disciples, Lively Stones disciples and all the other ministries on this prayerline disciples we will do what Jesus did. Fulfilling Jesus’ prophecy that “you shall receive power”
8. .and other languages.
The nature of the original experience has been queried, but in Luke's telling of it the point is that it breaks down barriers between people. The story links in Acts 2:1-6, and goes back to one of the earliest of the Old Testament stories, in Genesis 11, when the people begin to build the huge Tower of Babel. God confuses their language so they can no longer understand each other. At Pentecost, this Babel confusion is reversed.
9. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church.
It marks the beginning of Christianity as a purposeful movement and a new community. When Peter preached immediately afterwards, around 3,000 people believed and were baptized. Earlier you heard me say Kehilah to everyone, this is something that we all are doing when we come together on this prayer line every morning, as we have begun establishing the cell groups and discipleship groups. Kehilah is an appropriate term, it is defined as the birthing of the church, congregation in Hebrew, it is living a Life of faith together. Love in action, prayers with feet.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost gives the believer tremendous power to witness for the Lord. Without the Holy Ghost, the early disciples would have been powerless to save the hostile world of their day. But through the power of God within them they were able to conquer even the mighty Roman Empire with the good news of Calvary. This same power is available to all of us, to every man, woman, boy and girl, but it is by faith that we reach out and claim it.