3 Things to Know About the Celebration of Pentecost Sunday

May 13, 2016

3 Things to Know About the Celebration of Pentecost Sunday

“The wizard of Oz says look inside yourself and find self. God says look inside yourself and find the Holy Spirit. The first will get you to Kansas. The latter will get you to heaven. Take your pick.” ― Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus: Knowing His Heart, Feeling His Love

Pentecost Sunday is May 15th, 2016.  Read on to learn more...

1. The word “Pentecost” derives from the Greek word Pentekostos, which means “fifty.” Pentecost Sunday is celebrated by many Christian denominations 50 days after Easter. Churches that use liturgical colors generally use red on Pentecost as a symbol of the fire of the Spirit. Other traditional symbols of Pentecost representing the Holy Spirit commonly include flames, wind, and a dove.

2.  Pentecost is a fulfillment of two promises. One promise is found in the Old Testament (Joel 2:28), which says "I will pour out my Spirit on all people", and one is found in the New Testament, (John 16:5-15) where Jesus says he will send another Counselor, the Spirit of truth.

3.  Pentecost Sunday commemorates the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles of Christ to fulfill Jesus's words that they would receive power from the Holy Spirit to glorify God's name to all nations. The Bible records Pentecost in Acts 2. "Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them."

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May the peace, comfort, and wisdom of the Holy Spirit ignite your faith and guide your heart today and always!

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