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8 June 2014 10:30am - 7:30pm
Location: The Salvation Army, 34 Smith Street, Parramatta
Please join us for chruch this Sunday to celebrate Pentecost. Servcies from 10.30am and 6pm. Everyone is welcome.
A word from Major Alwyn:
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday and this day shows us the same power which raised Christ Jesus from death is personally available to each of us.
In both Greek and Hebrew the word for 'Spirit' and 'wind' are the same. So for example in Genesis we read God breathed into man the breath of life and he became a living being (see Gen 2:7) and in the famous valley of dry bones Ezekiel prophesied to the breath and breath entered the bodies and they came to life (see Eze 37).
For 40 days after His resurrection Jesus kept appearing to people. He met in person with over 500 people on at least 11 occasions. Then just before He ascended into heaven He told His disciples to "stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high." (Luke 24:49) 10 days later on Pentecost Sunday (50 days after Jesus' resurrection) there was "a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from Heaven... (and) all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit...." (Acts 2:2,4) They were powerfully changed from the inside out, full of God, and on fire for His Kingdom and purposes. Transformed, liberated and unleashed.
And the same can happen today as we pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. God breathes His Spirit into us. And the true manifestation of the Holy Spirit is evident when we bear the fruit of the Spirit in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (see Gal 5:16- 26 also Rom 8).
So on this Pentecost Sunday I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to fill you afresh, change you from the inside out, and manifest Himself through your life, to be transformed, liberated and unleashed. Let's join in William Booth's desperate cry: "We want another Pentecost" (SA Song 203).
Breath on me, Breath of God
Fill me with life anew
That I may love what Thou dost love And do what Thou wouldst do (Edwin Hatch)