Champions of the Church : The Holy Spirit
Pastor Tom Grieb begins our series, "Champions of the Church."
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. For the Christian Church it is the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in a mighty way. That account is vividly recorded in Acts 2. Those told to wait for “power from on high” after Christ’s resurrection received the Holy Spirit in overwhelming fashion and the world has never been the same since. Some have even said that the church was born that day. Regardless, God acted in a powerful way.
The Holy Spirit rested on the entire body gathered that day. Corporately, everyone was profoundly affected. When God’s Spirit is recognized by a church, great things take place. Individually, people were touched as demonstrated by “tongues of fire resting on each one of them.” Those gathered were not just touched corporately, but individually. God did a wonderful work in the life of every individual. God’s work didn’t stop there, though. His scope was as broad as the entire world for all time. People “began to speak in other languages that were not their own” to make the broad statement that the gospel was intended for the entire world.
In a word, the power of the Holy Spirit made a profound difference that Pentecost following Christ’s death and resurrection, and still does today—individually, corporately, and globally.