"God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." (Romans 5:5)
In John 14:16-18 Jesus tells His disciples that the Holy Spirit would come after Him:
And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Saviour, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you will know him intimately, because he will make his home in you and will live inside you. “I promise that I will never leave you helpless or abandon you as orphans—I will come back to you! – John 14:16-18
The Book of the Acts of the Apostles provides us with the starting details and events that took place to bring the church into being. Picking up the story right after the Gospel according to St Luke, 40 days after Jesus’ death and resurrection and 10 days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the promise of the Holy Spirit came to be. It found the Disciples all together and still in the Upper Room, the place they had stayed together throughout the entire period, fearful for their lives.
We can find that in the second chapter of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles:
“On the day of Pentecost, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once, a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues - empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!” – Acts 2:1-4
These events that took place in Acts, chapter 2 are what started the church. Crowds came to investigate what was going on and St Peter spoke to them about Jesus later on in chapter 2:
St Peter replied,
“Repent and return to God, and each one of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus, the Anointed One, to have your sins removed. Then you may take hold of the gift of the Holy Spirit. For God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for you and your families, for those yet to be born and for everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” – Acts 2:38-39
From the crowds, 3,000 realised the truth of St Peter’s words and became followers of Jesus. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit came and resulted in tongues, prophecy, miracles, salvations and the birthing of countless churches.
And so, with the coming of the Holy Spirit, what we know as the Christian Church, was born.
Our last Weekend Worship for Term 2 will be held in St Luke’s Chapel this coming Sunday, 16 June, between 5.30 pm and 6.00pm. Everyone is invited to come along and we look forward to welcoming you.
Ft Iain Furby