Today, each of us believers gathered here, represent what God began at Pentecost. We are the local, visible gathering of the Church that Christ Jesus is building.
Following Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension the most amazing event of all of human history began at Pentecost.
The Church was born in Acts 2, as the Holy Spirit began to apply the sacrifice of Christ Jesus to doomed earthlings, making them sons and daughters of God.
THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH AT PENTECOST
Across the sin-darkened canvas of the 1st Century world, a new day dawned. Starting about 30 AD a world that sat in darkness began to see the light.
What a transformation!
In just one generation,
People crippled by racial enmities,
People ripped apart by ethnic strife,
People marred by cruel inhumanity,
People drowning in sexual perversion,
People plunging headlong into self-indulgence,
People chained to idolatrous false worship: were gloriously changed.
THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD
In one generation, spanning the lifetimes of Christ’s 12 apostles, the entire world was touched. The light of the gospel dawned upon countless hearts.
There was no empire untouched. From China to Africa, from Britain to India, across the trade routes to the furthest outpost like a forest fire marching across a sin parched woods, the dry and barren lives of the world flamed to supernatural life.
The fire of Pentecost burned into the lives of the world of that day the image and life and sacrifice of Jesus.
And that fire has never stopped. This week the Fire of Pentecost has ignited the souls of even more formerly dry, lifeless and doomed sinners unto everlasting life.
What am I describing? The birth and growth of the church: the supernaturally regenerated body of Jesus on earth. And who is accomplishing this incredible event? The Spirit of God, the Fire of Pentecost, and today:
God’s Spirit is still washing clean sin-stained hearts,
God’s Spirit is still breathing life into sin-darkened souls,
God’s Spirit is still filling empty hopeless lives.
God’s Spirit is still transforming barren lives into spiritual gardens.
UNDERSTANDING THE HOLY SPIRIT