Pentecost Sunday is coming up on June 4. This event celebrates the moment in Act 2 when Jesus and his disciples were in Jerusalem celebrating Pentecost. As they were gathered, a “violent wind” and fire came, and the people were filled with the Holy Spirit and suddenly able to speak in different languages. Peter then preached a great sermon and 3,000 people were saved.
“It’s a wild story, and those of you who do celebrate Pentecost Sunday know it’s often observed in colorful ways,” Carolyn Arends, the director of education for Christian resource site Renovaré, said in a column for Christianity Today.
Some churches celebrate the day with red decorations and some read scripture in a foreign language, but the day should mostly be recognized as the birthday of the church, Arends says.
“It reminds us that the Spirit’s power and the life of the church are always intertwined,” she said. “The day of the Spirit’s spectacular arrival among the disciples is also the day when 120 ragtag Jesus followers became a church of over 3,000. (That’s over 2,500% growth in one day!)”
The celebration of Pentecost Sunday and one of its significances is the way that churches all over can unify as “one common church” to say they are “part of the larger story God is telling,” she said.
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Publication date: May 31, 2017
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.