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Northwood's Apostolic To Meet May 23 for Pentecost Sunday

Issue Date: May 12, 2021

This year, Pentecost Sunday will be celebrated on May 23.  In Judaism, the Festival of Weeks was celebrated seven weeks and one day (50 days) after the first day of the Feast of Unleavened bread or Passover.  It is referred to as "Pentecost" because it is the Greek word signifying the fiftieth part of something.  As this feast was held fifty days after Passover, it was commonly referred to as the feast of Pentecost.

Why, as Christians, do we celebrate Pentecost Sunday when it is originally a Jewish Festival?  It all goes back to the beginning of the Christian Church.  After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He told his followers to wait in Jerusalem until they were "endued with power from on high".  (Luke 24:49) 

In the book of Acts, which records the history of the early Christian Church and what message they taught while evangelizing the world, the empowerment from on high is recorded.  In chapter one of Acts, we find this "power from on high" is the infilling of God's Spirit to believers. (Acts 1:4-5)

There are one hundred and twenty people located in an upper room who are praying and waiting for this "power from on high".  It is on the day of Pentecost, which is known as the Festival of Weeks or fifty days after Passover, in which they are all filled with God's Spirit and begin to speak in languages unknown to the speaker (Acts 2:4). 

As it is the Festival of Weeks, there are people from all over the world in Jerusalem.  When news spreads of these people speaking in languages unknown to them, a crowd gathered questioning what was happening.  Some were asking what this meant, while others stated the speakers were just drunk.  However, Peter addressed the crowd and spoke to them from the book of Joel how it was prophesied God would pour out His Spirit to everyone.  He continued to talk about David and his prophetic words regarding Jesus and then told the onlookers they had crucified Jesus, who was their Lord and Messiah. (Acts 2:5-36) 

Peter addressed the crowd with strong words and at the end was very blunt telling them they had crucified their Messiah.  This brought a response from the crowd in which they asked the Apostles what they could do to be right with God, in turn, how could they be saved.  Peter answered their question by giving them the message of salvation: ""Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:38-39)

It further goes on to say he encouraged them with many other words and stressed they needed to "Save yourselves from this untoward generation." (Acts 2:40) When he was done, those which gladly received the word Peter had spoken were baptized and over three thousand were added to the Church. (Acts 2:41)

This is why the Christian Church celebrates Pentecost Sunday, for it was on this festival in which God poured out His Spirit to the Apostles, ushering in a New Testament Church.  Throughout the book of Acts, we continue to see God pouring out His Spirit to believers even after the day of Pentecost (Acts 10, Acts 19) for the promise of the infilling of God's Spirit is to "you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off" (Acts 2:39). 

On Sunday, May 23, Northwood's Apostolic Church will meet at 10 a.m. at the John Shaffer Pavilion to celebrate Pentecost Sunday.  Let everyone join together this day in celebrating the birth of the Christian Church expecting to receive the same outpouring of God's Spirit the early Church received on the day of Pentecost.  For more information call (715) 938-4935 or truth@northwoodscrivitz.org.


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