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Happy Birthday to the Church, the body of Christ!  

Before the coming of the Holy Spirit, the church as we now know it, did not yet exist. When the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the men and women in the upper room of the borrowed house in Judea, the church was born...and that is why we must remember the importance of Pentecost.

 

The Holy Spirit was poured out upon humans fifty days after the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus the Christ. 

Before the Holy Spirit was poured out, Jesus' followers were just a bunch of puzzled people hanging out in a room wondering what strange thing Jesus was going to do next. Little did they know that God was preparing them to be the bold and charismatic warriors called His Church, bearing witness to the resurrected Jesus who died and rose to save people from their sins. They did not know how the pouring out of God's Spirit would embolden them to do the work that Jesus, in His three year ministry, had started. 

Then the Spirit came and rocked the house they were sitting in...Acts 2:2: "And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting."

Scripture goes on to say that they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. After they were filled, each person received the guidance and motivation to do God's will. Those who had previously been voiceless and uncertain of their purpose in Christ, received direction and they began to use their gifts for God's glory. Because of their newly found courage and the teachings that these followers of the Resurrected Messiah shared, people began to confess Jesus as Lord and the church grew. 

Just as Jesus' early followers needed the Holy Spirt, we too need Him. The role of the Holy Spirit is to teach us and guide us in the way of God. The Holy Spirit gives us courage to do what is right in God's eyes. 

For the church to fully be the church (the body of Christ) we need the Holy Spirit. 

See you in Church!

Pastor Lillian 

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