Shouldn’t Pentecostals be the ones to celebrate Pentecost Sunday? That’s the question Steve Strang at Chrisma magazine asks in his recent column.
Pentecost is the day “50 days” after Passover, when Moses gave the law. The Jews call it Shauvott. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples and instructed them for 40 days, and then he ascended to heaven.
According to Acts 2:4, after the disciples tarried for another 10 days, the Holy Spirit fell upon them and they all spoke with other tongues. That was the birth of the Church. So when the Holy Spirit renewal occurred, at the beginning of the last century, the new movement was called “Pentecostal,” after the Day of Pentecost.
Pentecost Sunday is celebrated in Catholic and liturgical churches, but Pentecostals tend to ignore honoring their heritage and empowerment.
One wonders what might happen in all our churches and culture, if more pastors preached about the power and presence of the Living God–at least on Pentecost Sunday!
Learn online about the 2012 Pentecost Sunday Initiative at www.empowered21.org