Come Holy Spirit

In a sermon to the people in Jerusalem, the Apostle Peter promised the Holy Spirit is for you and your children.  Read Acts 2:38-39.  The resurrected Jesus instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and pray until the promised Holy Spirit comes to them.  Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples were in Jerusalem praying when the Holy Spirit came upon them with tongues of fire.  It was a powerful movement of God’s Spirit.  Many were given the gift of speaking in other languages and began to share the gospel of Jesus.  The commotion drew a crowd and people started questioning what was happening.  In response, the Apostle Peter gave the explanation of how God sent Jesus to sacrifice himself on the cross as a sacrifice for sin.  The people responded by asking what they were supposed to do.  Peter said to repent and be baptized.  Then he said the Holy Spirit is for you and for your children.  The understanding of that statement is that the Holy Spirit is for every generation to come.  Paul also quotes the prophet Joel telling the people that God will pour out his Spirit on all people.  The Holy Spirit is not for a select few, the Holy Spirit is for everyone.  Have you neglected your relationship with God’s Holy Spirit?  The Holy Spirit fills and leads us to be more like Jesus.  The Holy Spirit sets us apart from sin and for service.  The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to edify the church so that we can take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people, just like they did on the day of Pentecost.  Receive the promised Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit, fill us with the fire of your love.  Give us wisdom to make Christ-like decisions.  Give us courage to be a bold witness for you.  Give us compassion to see people as you see people.  Amen.


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