Fresh Hope – 13th June 2019

Sunday just been is known as ‘Pentecost Sunday’. Pentecost Sunday is a commemoration and celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church.

Jesus had died, and the disciples were left behind. They were probably understandably scared for their lives, since their leader had lost His. But Jesus had told the disciples to wait for the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit, from whom they would receive power to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:3-8). 

After Jesus’ ascension to Heaven, the men returned to Jerusalem and joined together in prayer in an upper room. On the Day of Pentecost, just as promised, the sound of a violent wind filled the house and tongues of fire came to rest on each of them and all were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:12-14).

The disciples were already believers, but there was an empowering of the Holy Spirit that had to come upon them in order for them to become truly effective. It was an empowering not for themselves, but for a greater mission.

They didn’t just stay in that room, they went out into the world! Thus the birth of the early church! 

This is the model that God intended for his church today. A church that would not just stay in its comfy bubble of believers, but rather a church filled with power, going out into the broken world carrying God’s very life, and breath! The church is not destined to be passive, boring, weak and ineffective. We have a mandate, empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring light to darkness, healing to brokenness.The LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners’ (Isaiah 61:1).

Acts 1 is proof that we aren’t just to receive the Holy Spirit at salvation, but be regularly FIILLED afresh by the Holy Spirit, in order to accomplish this mission on earth.  And we need it! 

There is much brokenness around us, and the world unknowingly is awaiting for the church (you and I) to rise up do what it is designed to do! Knife crime, fatherlessness, drug and alcohol abuse, theft, violence, lack of healthy relationships, sexual promiscuity – these issues are all manifestations of BROKENESS that we the church are called to reach, under the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

The church of the Acts was a church who went OUT. They didn’t stay in their upper room bubble. Likewise, we are co-missioned  (meaning mission with Holy Spirit) to receive, in order to GO OUT and make disciplines of all men! (Matthew 28:19).

Emma Burchell

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