A Word From The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson

 

     
     

 

Luke record the words of Jesus as He promised the disciples that God would give them a wonderful gift. He told them to wait in Jerusalem, for “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses” to the whole world (Acts 1:8). To be a witness is to tell the truth of what you have seen, heard, and experienced. To be a witness for Jesus is to share the good news about who he is and what he has done as our Savior.

 
On the morning of Pentecost, a large group of Jesus’ followers and disciples were praying together in Jerusalem. Suddenly, they heard the sound of a powerful wind that filled the place they had gathered. They saw what looked like tongues of fire above one another’s heads. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking of the glorious acts of God who raised Jesus from the dead!

 
The 120 who were filled with the Holy Spirit, then filled the streets of Jerusalem, where Jewish people from other nations were able to hear the Good News in their own languages. They were amazed that God gave the group of Jesus’ followers from Galilee this special ability. Peter stood up and told the crowd that God was fulfilling the promise of the Old Testament prophet Joel. In response to Peter’s sermon, thousands of people were baptized, and about 3000 were added to the church (Acts 2:1-40). The Holy Spirit is still empowering followers of Christ to be witnesses of the good news of the Gospel. Let us pray for a renewing and refreshing of the Holy Spirit as we obediently “go into” the world we live and “be a witness” for Christ.

 

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