From the Pastor....
We are in the Season of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1-4 (ESV)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
THAT DAY, upon hearing Peter's sermon at Pentecost, 3,000 souls were added to the initial 120 believers.
As the church grew and was scattered and persecuted, God's Word, through the gift Holy Spirit, continued to spread through Europe and Asia and Africa...and somewhere along the line, our ancestors heard of Jesus, repented, were baptized and followed Jesus. Same Spirit.
Maybe you are a new Christian and you heard God's Word just recently within your own life and were added to the church.
Praise the Lord! Same Spirit.
Now the Christian church numbers in the billions throughout the world. Same Spirit.
How many of you have been baptized through water and the Word? Same Spirit.
How many of you have heard a sermon? Same Spirit.
How many of you have taken the body and blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in Holy Communion? Same Spirit.
How many of you have heard these words, "I forgive you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Same Spirit.
Taught scriptures to your family? Together read devotions? Same Spirit.
How INCREDIBLE this GIFT is!
Jesus told them and He tells us that He will be with us forever. He told them, "I will send this Spirit. I will send this Counselor. I will send this Helper to be with you and He will make Me known in Truth to you and to the world."
That is the work of the church. The work of of church THEN and the work of the church NOW. Same Spirit.
The Spirit then for them is the same Spirit now for us.
Go forward in the Same Spirit,
Pastor Guy Roberts