Today is Pentecost Sunday, according to a liturgical church-calendar. It reflects on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost, which occurred 50 days after the Passover-related events of our Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection.
But, it is more than acknowledging an ancient Jewish celebration. It is the “birthday of the Church,” and with it the expansion of biblically-focused, Spirit-filled, Pentecostal worship.
On this day, our risen Lord’s disciples were gathered in an acoustically rich “upper room” and the promised gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:3-5) was poured out upon them. This surrender to the fullness of the Holy Spirit equipped them to “worship the Father in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24) and empowered them (and now us!) to fulfill their spiritual destinies and purposes in spiritual service.
In his book, The Church on the Way, Pastor Jack Hayford emphasized that biblically-based, Pentecostal worship “is neither a cerebral pursuit…nor an emotional binge.”
Further, he outlines biblical guidelines for worship and welcoming God’s presence into their midst. He says, “Let us then worship…
1…with our regenerated spirit (Romans 1:9)
2….with our renewed mind (Phil. 2:3-5)
3….with our revived emotions (Col. 3:23; Rom. 12:11-15)
4.…with our rededicated body (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
Old Testament worship was primarily priestly-led occasions of joyful music and inspired lyrics, which focused on God’s virtues and character. Many of King David’s psalms invited the people to come together and praise the name of the Lord with music and song!
O come, let us sing unto the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms! Psalm 95:1-2 Modern English Version (MEV)
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Psalm 100:1-2 Modern English Version (MEV)
The New Testament worship moves us from Temple-centered, priestly-led worship to private and personal worship, where our individual bodies are called temples of the living Lord (2 Cor. 6:16). In this spiritual model, the Spirit-empowered praise and worship in song engage our inner person, the very elements of our soul and spirit.
The Apostle Paul taught the Colossians and Ephesians a practical pathway of Pentecostal praise and worship for today: Continue reading