Day 10) 3 POWERFUL PRIVILEGES OF PENTECOST
Today is Pentecost Sunday-50 days since Easter. On the Day of Pentecost in 33ad the Holy Spirit was poured out on the praying church and the blessings of that day have continued ever since. Have you ever considered the privileges you enjoy today as a result of Pentecost? Here are a few.
THE PRIVILEGE OF A CHURCH FAMILY
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
Immediately after the Spirit fell, the new believers were gathered into a church fellowship. They learned the Word together, and enjoyed friendships, worshipped the Lord and prayed. Every Sunday when we gather we have those same privileges with our church families because the Holy Spirit is with us.
THE PRIVILEGE OF EVANGELISM
“…praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)
Someone once said, “Evangelism is not complete until the evangelized become evangelists.” The Holy Spirit empowered a group of new believers and virtual strangers into the most effective missionaries the world has ever seen. When we are filled with the Spirit, His love for the mission becomes our love for the mission.
THE PRIVILEGE OF PRAYER
“And they devoted themselves to…the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
If the Spirit is in our church, we will be “a house of prayer for all nations.” The greatest personal privilege you have at your disposal is the free access you have to God through prayer. The Holy Spirit organized the “Jesus People” at Pentecost into a praying powerhouse and He is doing it again today all over the world.
I could say much more about our privileges as a result of Pentecost but today I just want to say, “Thank you, Holy Spirit!”
MAY 15, 2016