Pentecost — to be so overcome with the Spirit that people think you are drunk. (“These people are not drunk, as you suppose.” Acts 2:15) Without spiritual fire burning in people’s hearts, Pentecost is just a religious word.
Peter used the Bible to explain the joyous freedom of Pentecost. Let’s be biblical. “This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.'” –Acts 2:16. (The freedom of the Spirit does not give us a license to contradict the Bible.)
Pentecost set “sons & daughters” free to prophesy. It released visions & dreams!
Pentecost was when God first disrupted a Christian meeting. May He disrupt many church services again and again until we surrender control to Him.
Religious decorum was lost
When on the day of Pentecost.
Human control was tossed!
Pentecost was a God-surprise. Every Christian meeting needs the unexpected! Pentecost wasn’t just once & done. We need Spirit demonstrations every time we meet! Paul of Tarsus put it this way in 1 Corinthians 2:4 — “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.”
The first Pentecost was unprogrammed & full of God-surprises. Let’s let God do Acts chapter 2.
A Pentecost Sunday program is an oxymoron. Pentecost was unprogrammed. Pentecost, not a seeker-friendly meeting, produced 3,000 new Christ-followers.
If there is no room for an unplanned God-surprise; church may be too controlled. Risk a few unprogrammed minutes in a church service, trust God, & see what He does. A Bible-style Pentecost will quickly defrost your religion.
God once spoke through a donkey. That means He can speak through anybody. Let Him speak through you!
Does your preacher dare to share the message of Pentecost? “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Acts 2:40
Don’t just commemorate Pentecost. Experience it with us every Sunday morning @ 10:45 @ The Salvation Army Berry Street — 225 Berry St., Nashville, Tennessee 37207. Here’s a book about how we meet.