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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

Pentecost

 

SUN, MAY 31, 2020 – Acts 2:1-8, 37-39

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.

4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.

6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.

7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?

8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?

 

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

 

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

Pentecost

MON, JUNE 1, 2020 – Acts 2:1

 

In the Scripture for today, it said that the people were all together in one place. For us right now, that is a foreign idea, as we are being asked to separate from other people. The church in particular is having to explore ways in which we can be together, while being apart.

 

            Read Matthew 18:20. Knowing that we can “be together” through technology, how can you be

intentional about meeting the Holy Spirit through corporate online worship?

 

            Genesis 2:18 says that “it is not good for man to be alone.” This was God’s motivation for

creating a helper for Adam. We most often think of this in terms of marriage relationships, but is anyone in your family lonely and feeling isolated from friends and classmates? How can you be a source of encouragement for them?

 

PRAYER: God, You came to earth to carry our burdens, heal our brokenness, and set us free. We                                    pray that You would meet us at our very point of need. Help us to know how we can                             better encourage one another. Amen.

 


TUES, JUNE 2, 2020 – Acts 2:2

 

The Greek word used for Holy Spirit is pneuma, which can mean wind or breath. We most often use this root for a common lung infection called pneumonia, which is the inability to breathe.

 

Genesis 2:7 says, “When the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

 

            God’s Spirit was part of creation, and today the Spirit is integral to God’s new creation. What

does this mean for Christians (see 2 Corinthians 5:17) and how can we yield to the Spirit remaking us every day?

 

            Breath prayer is an ancient prayer practice. It is intended to be a short prayer that is said

silently as you breath. You say a section of the prayer as you breathe in, and the remainder of the prayer as you breathe out. As you pray the prayer, you can be more aware of the Holy Spirit being as close as your breath. Have you ever used breath prayer in your daily prayer practice? If not, try it when you pray the prayer below.

 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

 

 

 

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Pentecost

WED, JUNE 3, 2020 – Acts 2:3

The cross and flame is the logo of the United Methodist Church. It represents the continual work of the Holy Spirit blowing blessings into the lives of the people called Methodists. We are a people set on fire by the Holy Spirit.

 

            Fire can purify different metals, including gold. The fire of the Holy Spirit can also work within

us to refine us. What impurities do you need to allow the Holy Spirit to burn away?

 

In the sermon we learned that fire reacts with the oxygen in the air to convert the fuel into energy. The energy could be heat to warm you and your family on a cold evening around a campfire or fireplace. It can also be harnessed in a car engine to produce motion. It can be captured at a power plant to produce electricity.

 

For you personally, is the Holy Spirit more like the image of a campfire keeping us close and

comfy and warm? Or, is it more the car engine providing energy transporting us from place to place? Or, is better described by the power plant, where the energy of the Holy Spirit is harnessed and used to charge up disciples all over town?

 

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, enter into our hearts. Refine us and burn away anything that isn’t pleasing to                                    You. Ignite in us a passion for You and for Your work. Amen.

THUR, JUNE 4, 2020 – Acts 2:4-8

The Holy Spirit used language to draw people together. However, they weren’t ultimately united through language. That was simply a means to bring them together in the Spirit to unite them around the person and message of Jesus Christ.

 

Give some specific examples (and maybe personal experience) of what unity in Jesus

through the Spirit looks like.

What do you think is the significance of the apostles’ being able to speak in multiple                                            languages?

 

The Spirit’s power doesn’t always manifest itself in wild and sensational ways. Sometimes it’s subtle            and simple. When (and where) have you seen evidence of the Spirit’s power in your life? In what area(s) of your life do you wish you had more of the Spirit’s power?

 

PRAYER: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth. Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit, help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

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Pentecost

FRI, JUNE 5, 2020 – Act 2:37-39

After this moment of Awakening at Pentecost, Peter tells the new converts to respond by being baptized. 

 

            Do you remember your baptism? If not, have you ever participated in a “remember your

baptism” service?

 

            What is the meaning of baptism?

 

In the story of John the Baptist, as seen in Mark’s gospel, John says, “I baptize with water, but he who comes after me will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” This same scene is found in Matthew and Luke,

but they put this way, “…he who comes after me will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Thus, these apostles are “baptized” or blessed with the appearance of fire as a sign of the presence & power of the Holy Spirit.

 

            How has the presence of the Holy Spirit manifested itself in your life?

 

PRAYER: God, we thank You that we have been baptized into the body of Christ. Fill our lives with Your Spirit, and help us demonstrate to others the new life that we have found in You. Amen.

 

SAT, MAY 30, 2020 – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Pentecost marks the birthday of the church. Take some time this week to celebrate! You should have received some Pentecost popcorn from the church this week. Popcorn starts as a hard kernel. When heat is added, the popcorn explodes into something new!

 

2 Corinthian 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

 

What areas of your life are you struggling to allow God to make new?

 

How are you a new creation in Christ even when you sin? How does struggling with sin or past

guilt not affect your status of being a new creation in Christ?

 

PRAYER: God, we want to yield ourselves to You so that you can make us new and improved. We want to become more like Jesus today, and each day that follows. Thank you for Your empowering grace. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

 

 

 

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