Ideas for Pentecost Sunday | Considering Out Loud

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Draw close to to God and He’ll draw close to to you. ~James 4:8a NASB

When the disciples had been assembly collectively, it was already the feast of Pentecost, although the phrase, as Wikipedia reminds us, didn’t have its Christian that means:

Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the complete nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai, though the affiliation between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot isn’t specific within the Biblical textual content.

Reasonably, Pentecost in a New Testomony sense commemorates the giving of the Holy Spirit. I don’t wish to rush by this too rapidly, so take a minute to pause and give it some thought:

  • the giving of the Phrase
  • the giving of the Spirit

Do you see the great thing about this? The parallels and the steadiness within the Christian life between Phrase and Spirit usually are not the aim of in the present day’s ideas, however the Christ-follower wants each.

Within the 21st Century Christian milieu, sure notions concerning the work of the Holy Spirit usually, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit particularly, are sometimes regarded as extra the province of Charismatic and Pentecostal church buildings. I’m certain that in the present day, the expression of Pentecost Sunday was fairly completely different in Episcopalian church buildings than it was in Assemblies of God church buildings.

Whatever the specific emphasis, we might all should agree that on this present day, the disciples obtained one thing extra. And that’s the launching level for our ideas. Maybe you’ll resonate with somebody who says,

  • “There should be extra to Christianity.”
  • “I really feel like I’m not all in.”
  • “I’m not sensing the Holy Spirit’s presence.”
  • “I feel there’s issues within the Christian life that I’m lacking out on.”
  • “I need extra of God in my life.”

In some methods, I feel this will get much more complicated than salvation with regards to discerning subsequent steps.

Some church buildings educate that the baptism within the Holy Spirit is a second work of grace; a selected post-conversion expertise that takes place after salvation. Others imagine that we obtain all the Holy Spirit at salvation, and that there isn’t any subsequent expertise, and but these additionally admit there are occasions they sense that God has one thing new for them, and needs to steer them into better a better expertise, what others would possibly name the deeper Christian life.

Both means, all of us might agree with the fifth quote above, that we would like want extra of God in our lives, and a few of you, just like the 4th quote, really feel this extra acutely; you’re coronary heart is basically crying out to God, not for one thing you would possibly obtain (therapeutic, and many others.) however for extra of God Himself.

I imagine you simply must ask God for this. I base that on in the present day’s verse on the prime of the web page. As considered one of my former pastors, Dr. Paul B. Smith would say, “For those who take one step towards God, God will take ten steps towards you.”

Take the time as you hearken to the music beneath to ask God to offer you extra of Himself. Ask for a better consciousness of the Holy Spirit in your life. Ask for the filling; a saturation of the Holy Spirit.

Break my coronary heart and alter my thoughts
Minimize me unfastened from ties that bind
Lead me as I observe you
Give me power to observe by

Extra, extra, I wish to be extra like Jesus

Extra of Jesus much less of me
By his energy I will probably be
Like a flower within the spring
Model new life in all the pieces

Holy spirit fill me up
Gently overflow my cup
Contact my eyes and let me see
Me in you and also you in me

Extra, extra, I wish to be extra like Jesus

Extra of Jesus much less of me
By his energy I will probably be
Like a flower within the spring
Model new life in all the pieces

Extra, extra, I wish to be extra, I must be extra like Jesus


Go Deeper:
Take an in depth have a look at the lyrics of A.B. Simpson’s finest identified poem/hymn, Himself.


Bonus merchandise:

Seven years in the past, for Pentecost Sunday 2012, Darryl Sprint posted this:

Right now is Pentecost Sunday. I’m haunted by these phrases by Oswald Chambers, which remind me of how a lot I want the Holy Spirit.

Watch out for worshiping Jesus because the Son of God, and professing your religion in Him because the Savior of the world, when you blaspheme Him by the entire proof in your every day life that He’s powerless to do something in and thru you.

I lengthy for proof in our lives and church buildings that the Spirit is at work by us. I’m praying that it could be so.

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