As Pentecost Sunday approaches on May 24, it’s a welcome opportunity for us to take inventory of our spiritual lives individually and corporately. The transformational presence of God in our hearts and church services is readily available as we intentionally re-focus on Him and invite Him specifically into our circumstances and contexts. As I wrote in the 2008 gift book What I See, we can personally and corporately pursue God’s unchanging characteristics, which I believe should mark every Pentecostal leader and church today—such as a hunger for God’s presence and the Spirit’s work, gifts and expressions.
For those seeking to read or share material on the practical details pertaining to receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, click here for Karen Reed’s chapter from the 2010 gift book Authentically Pentecostal. You’ll find this to be a helpful resource.
Click here to view Wordcom Christian Resources, the PAOC’s resource website, and find over 60 resources that focus specifically on the Holy Spirit.
Devotional material on Pentecost for leaders and congregation members can be read here. This material was developed by Empowered21, which will be hosting a historic Congress May 20-25, 2015 in Jerusalem.
Click here for broadcast highlights on the momentous six days of persuasive teaching and preaching on the work and role of the Holy Spirit, right from Jerusalem—the birthplace of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Please pray with us for God’s rejuvenating work in the hearts of those who need spiritual refreshing and for His revelation for those who have never encountered His presence in a life changing way. This month’s prayer points can be found here.
Personal intimacy with God and our ability to model a Spirit-empowered life and ministry hinge directly on our openness to taking the time to invite the active work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, so let’s take the time to do that as a Pentecostal family this May.
Praying with you,
“‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”