THE JUNCTION | 31.5
HOLY SPIRIT SESSIONS #4 // PENTECOST
Hey everyone and welcome to another Junction online.
This week we are finishing our little series looking at the Holy Spirit and how he is at work today. Today we’re looking at the story of pentecost, where the Holy Spirit filled the first followers of Jesus while they waited in a room in Jerusalem. As always we are tracking with the Bible Project video so you can check that out here. The story of Pentecot is celebrated as the birthday of the church, it’s the day the church exploded onto the scene as gatherings of people (mostly Jews) who wanted to talk about Jesus, the Christ, the promised Messiah and son of God. These gatherings in houses and around the temple are called the Early Church.
Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13)
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 Rome (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?”
Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Have you ever wondered why so many people had gathered in Jerusalem?
The day we celebrate as Pentecost was already a special day in the Jewish calendar. It’s called Shavuot (the Festival of Weeks) and is a kind of harvest festival on the anniversary of God giving the Torah on Mt. Sinai. At the time of Jesus Shavuot was celebrated with public reading of scripture, lighting candles and staying up all night to head God’s word.
Do you think it’s significant that this day marks the birth of the church?
In what ways is God’s word being given on Sinai like the Holy Spirit filling Jesus’ followers?
In this week’s Kids work I made this little section about how the Holy Spirit is at work today using the different images we have for him: wind & fire.
Check it out here:
Thy Kingdom Come
“On the Day of Pentecost, God sent His Holy Spirit, as Helper and Comforter, and enabled the disciples to proclaim – in different languages – the wonders of God so that people from all ations could understand. This shows us that the Spirit of God is present for every situation. When we share our faith with our friends, we can ask the Spirit to help us ‘translate’ the good news of God’s love so that they can understand how it affects them in their situation. At Pentecost we remember that the Holy Spirit is living in us. Let’s not get too used to that amazing fact! What a privilege we have. The Spirit awakens us to the love God has for us and helps us to love others.” TKC2020 – Prayer Journal
Holy Spirit, thank You that You are living in me, showing me God’s love and helping me share that love with others. Amen.
Where do you need to experience new life being breathed?
What needs refining with the fire of the Spirit?
Where can you rely more on God’s filling Spirit?
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