Summary: Pentecost is not the idea of God, or a piece of God, but the real presence of the Living God the hope of Glory in you. On Pentecost there was a new wind that was set loose upon the earth with a fresh breath of hope and empowerment. The church was born from the wind and fire of Pentecost.
“Are the Winds of Pentecost still Blowing”
Bishop Melvin L. Maughmer, Jr.
SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:1-4 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”.
Acts 2:42-47 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”.
OPENING: - A few weeks ago I was in Ohio for my father’s 86th birthday. We were sitting on the porch talking he said to me why don’t we see the miracles signs and wonders today like they saw in the Bible days. I began to ponder on this statement and search the scriptures and God kept taking me back to here Acts 2 the Day of Pentecost. Today being Pentecost Sunday I want to ask the question “Are the Winds of Pentecost still Blowing”.
A POEM: - The winds roared through the room All who were present heard
The followers were filled with the Spirit Their hearts were stirred. Do you hear His voice in the wind? Is He calling to you? This Spirit who dwells among us He still seeks a precious few.
The winds of Pentecost are real. They blow with passion and fire. They inspire a certain zeal. A calling to which we aspire.
He turned babble into understanding. As ordinary people spoke anew. The languages once foreign and mixed. And God’s kingdom grew.
As we enter the season of Pentecost of growth, passion and zeal. Can you feel the warmth of His Spirit inside you and incredibly real. Author Unkonwn.
The HIS-story of Pentecost is familiar, and it should be. Pentecost changes everything. In a moment the entire order of humanity changed. Once beloved creatures now become children of the loving Father Romans 8:15 says “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father”. John 1:12 says “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”.
UNDERSTAND: - Pentecost is not the idea of God, or a piece of God, but the real presence of the Living God the hope of Glory in you. On Pentecost there was a new wind that was set loose upon the earth with a fresh breath of hope and empowerment. The church was born from the wind and fire of Pentecost. A change was manifested among the followers of Christ that were afraid and hiding wondering if their lives were going to be taken to a boldness declaring the wonderful works of the Lord.
Luke 24:49 Jesus said wait in Jerusalem until you are endured with power from on High”. Acts 1:8 Jesus promised to give power: “You will receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” Jesus promised to give power for a purpose: “You shall be witnesses.”
That power came on Pentecost: Acts 2:1 “And when the day of Pentecost had full come, they were all with one accord (one mind) in one place (unity). Acts 2:2 says, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven like a mighty rushing wind and filled all the were they were sitting”. Acts 2:3-4 says “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”.
The winds of Pentecost had come and produced a change. The Church was empowered for its life and ministry in the name of Jesus to the glory of God through the Holy Ghost.
Traditionally, Pentecost was the day set apart to celebrate the wheat harvest and God’s gift of the Ten Commandments at Sinai. But when the first Pentecost after our Lord’s resurrection rolled around, a new thing happened, the Church came alive.