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MAY 31, 2020 we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. This event occurred on a Jewish holiday that was celebrated 50 days following Passover. In the Christian community, this is the celebration of the birth of the New Testament church.
On the first day of Pentecost, the church became an empowered movement that began to see the conversion of the masses. This empowerment was due to the presence of the indwelling Spirit of God. This brought religion to a new understanding of the meaning of being in a living relationship with God through his Son, Jesus Christ. The Christian faith was now motivated by the presence of Jesus living within the life of the believer. In the first century, this empowerment allowed the population of Asia Minor to have heard the message of the gospel within two years. It created a crisis within the Jewish religion and they accused the early church of "turning the world upside down. As the gospel was preached to rulers and kings, some declared, "Almost you convince me to become a Christian." The movement was a powerful force of changing the world in which they were living.
In our time, what does Pentecost mean to us? To some it may mean the changing of colors in the sanctuary to reflect a change of the seasons of the church year. To other Christians this is a time of reflection and recommitment to our vows to Christ and His church. It is a time of looking where we have come from and where we are going.
Jesus once said, "Forsake not the assembling yourselves together and so much the more as you see the day approaching." What Jesus was saying was that it was important to be in an assembled group to worship and support one another. This should be carried out in a more intense way as you see the day coming for Christ's second coming.
Ours is a day of overall decline in the church in North America following a trend that has been set in Europe over the past number of decades. This has led to many large cathedrals being converted into museums in Europe.
In America, we have large buildings that were constructed to support large Sunday schools and worship attendance but have become a home for small congregations that are composed of mostly elderly worshipers. Just maintaining the buildings have become a huge burden to the membership.
The power of God has not been diminished over the centuries. He has declared, "I am the same yesterday, tomorrow and forever. We all need to allow Pentecost to empower us as we live day by day and into the future.