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Embrace the Spirit this Pentecost

After the Holy Spirit is come upon you…” Acts 1:8

May 20, 2018 is Pentecost Sunday.

You’ve seen it before, an old house that goes through an extreme makeover—it is like a brand new home! The attraction is the compelling contrast between life before and life after.

Consider, then, the contrast between the Christian life before and the Christian life after the Holy Spirit comes upon you!

After for Christians:

  • receive power, be witnesses (Acts 1:8)
  • magnify God (Acts 10:46)
  • live according to the Spirit (Rom. 8:5)
  • put to death the deeds of the body (Rom. 8:13)
  • receive gifts of the Spirit (I Cor. 12:4)
  • walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16)
  • be led by the Spirit (Gal. 5:18)

This is the Promise. The Gift is the Holy Spirit.

Embrace the Spirit this Pentecost weekend!

 

Pentecost is both a Christian and Jewish festival. For Jews it commemorates the giving of the Torah to Moses and the spring harvest. But on that day, celebrated on the 7th Sunday after Easter, as the disciples were gathered in prayer, the Holy Spirit came upon them, in what appeared to be flames of fire, and power came upon them to be Christ’s witnesses. This day is considered the birthday of the Church.

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Category: Spirit, Spring 2018

About the Author: Cletus L. Hull, III, M.Div. (Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry), D.Min. (Fuller Theological Seminary), Ph.D. (Regent University), has served as a pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 30 years and psychiatric chaplain for 28 years. He also teaches courses in New Testament at Biblical Life Institute in Freeport, Pennsylvania. He has researched the growing Disciples of Christ churches in Puerto Rico and has an interest in the significance of the Stone-Campbell churches in American Christianity. His article, "My Church is a Mental Hospital" appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Healing Line. Twitter: @cletus_hull, Facebook, www.CletusHull.com

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