June 8 Sermon – “How We Got Our Start”
Our reading from Acts chapter two tells us how the church got its start. Fifty days after the first Easter Sunday when Jesus had been raised from the dead, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and the church was born.
Peter makes two very important points in his sermon: 1) The importance of having a relationship with Jesus Christ in order to be in ministry to the world. 2) The giving of the Holy Spirit is associated with “The Last Days” which is a phrase used to describe the beginning of a new era of God’s inbreaking kingdom in our time and space.
Pentecost helps us to remember that God’s new kingdom is already taking shape in our time and space. This is made possible because of Jesus’ resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Where do you see signs of God’s kingdom at work in your life? What does it mean to be “open to the Holy Spirit” in our daily lives?
In our Gospel reading from John chapter 7, Jesus compares the Holy Spirit to a river of flowing water. We are invited to drink this water and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Our Gospel reading takes place during the last day of the Jewish autumn festival known as “The Feast of Tabernacles.” On the last day of the festival, it was a tradition to carry water from the Pool of Siloam to the Temple. This festival was to remind the people of how God had provided their ancestors with water from a rock when they were in the wilderness.
What does it mean to think of the Holy Spirit like a river of flowing water?