It is my pleasure to draw attention to the THIRD person of the Trinity and what we referred to as Pentecost recorded in Acts 1-2. This passage has special significance for Christ-followers not only looking to the past, but is very relevant to our present and future.
I recently participated in a Boeing Factory tour near Seattle. From our tour guide I learned that two men were intrigued by flying and decided to strap themselves to the wings of a single person plane to enjoy this innovation. They were later inspired to come up with a way to propel groups of humans to fly higher than ever before. So what started out to be a small beginning, has now become huge industry. The innovative work of William Boeing in the early 1900’s led to creating shared traveling experiences in the air, that take people all over the globe and actually helps us feel like the world is a much more knowable place.
Similar to the Boeing’s significant of the airline industry, Pentecost represents an important moment in the unfolding narrative of God's pursuit and redemption of His beloved creation. Similarly, Boeing and Pentecost involves an invisible power that impacts the trajectory for all of mankind when we choose to work with it instead of against it. Boeing may have changed the way we live and experience the world, but Pentecost has changed the way we live and experience God and has altered our existence for all of eternity.
On Sunday, June 4th we dedicated our service to talking about the Holy Spirit and Pentecost followed by a time of openness and prayer for receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit for empowered living. Here are a few follow up resources that I trust will help feed the hungry soul of those who want anything and everything God has promised for His followers.
Luke 11:9-13 NLT
9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.
The Holy Spirit By The Bible Project
Check out this brief overview of the Bible with a special emphasis on the presence and participation of the third person of the Trinity: The Holy Spirit .
Alpha Course Film Series on the Holy Spirit
Check out the following video resources from the 14 week discipleship video series known as The Alpha Course. Nicky Gumbel is an Anglican priest, author and the developer of the Alpha Course. Since 2005, he has been Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton in the Diocese of London, Church of England.The Alpha Course welcomes everyone, especially those who might not describe themselves as Christians or church-goers by fostering an environment of hospitality where people can bring friends, family and work colleagues to explore the Christian faith in a safe and respectful way.
Click on the links below to watch YouTube videos that are approximately 30 minutes long for each segment.
Who is the Holy Spirit? | Alpha Film Series | Episode 9 (click to watch)
What Does the Holy Spirit Do? | Alpha Film Series | Episode 10 (click to watch)
How Can I Be filled With the Holy Spirit? | Alpha Film Series | Episode 11 (click to watch)
The Radical Relocation of the Presence of God
by Jerry Cook
Check out the following excerpts from the book, The Monday Morning Church by Foursquare pastor and author, Dr. Jerry Cook. Jerry's insights and practical way understanding the significance of Pentecost and the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit has been a refreshing contribution to the mission and expression of the church.
The renowned pastor wrote six books, including the bestselling Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness, The Monday Morning Church and his most recent, The Holy Spirit: So, What’s the Big Deal? With his wife, Barbara, he also wrote Choosing to Love: The Odyssey of a Relationship.
Click HERE to download excerpts from Chapters 1-2 of The Monday Morning Church that talk explain the Radical Relocation of the Presence of God.