“A sermon starter for Pentecost 2020"
“And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his son into your hearts.”
Dear friends in Christ,
This is Pentecost the third major festival of the church year. Like Christmas and Easter, on Pentecost God acts without our asking as he pours out the Holy Spirit upon us. In great fanfare and excitement with a rush of mighty wind, tongues of fire resting on disciples and each given the ability to proclaim God’s love in Jesus Christ in all the languages of the world the Spirit came.
Many thoughts fill our heads in this time of separation and social distancing. Rest assured that
God is with you. His Spirit lives in you and me. God entered our life at Baptism. We live in this state of grace. We will hear and recognize God’s Spirit for his message will have substance. It will be of absolute truth. Jesus said that the Spirit will teach what he received from the Father and the Son. He will not speak on his own authority, but will declare to you the word of God and bring glory to Jesus Christ.
In his lectures on Galatians, Martin Luther said, “ Do not ever doubt that you and I are the temple of the Holy Spirit. This takes place when you experience love toward the word, enjoying hearing, speaking, thinking about Christ.
We can have peace that what we say and do and think is pleasing to God. Not because of our works but because of Jesus Christ and God’s work in Him that is shared with us in his love and forgiveness, hope and peace and presence. Though we are sinful and still fail God every day, grace is more abundant and more powerful than our sin. It is as we cling to Christ, place faith in him, receive and share his gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control and share them in the world that we experience God’s grace.
This inner assurance that we are in a state of grace and have the Holy Spirit is also accompanied by external signs of enjoying hearing about Christ, teaching, to praise and give thanks, to confess our faith and confidence in Him, to do ones duty to ones calling, to help the needy and comfort the sorrowful.
Do not ever forget that you are a child of God and that God’s Spirit is with you. A friend encourages us to read Psalm 91!
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On Tuesday I had two infected teeth and roots pulled to prepare for some implants. I was told to spend this day recovering and resting at home but wanted to share this information with you to get ready for Sunday’s Pentecost broadcast and worship. Our sermon theme will be “living in God’s Spirit, a state of grace!” in Christ’s love, P. Dave
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