What is Pentecost Sunday?
This year, West Hills Evergreen will celebrate Pentecost Sunday on May 6 during our normal worship gathering. The Church has traditionally celebrated holidays that are momentous to our faith. We celebrate Christmas to rejoice in the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah. We celebrate Good Friday because this was the day that our Lord was crucified for the redemption of our souls. We celebrate Easter because this was the day that He defeated death and rose from the dead as the conquering King. In keeping with the great traditions of our faith, we are going to celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost was the day that the Holy Spirit came and filled the early church (Acts 2:1-4).
Why Celebrate Pentecost?
Pentecost marks the beginning of a new era of redemption; since that day, God Himself now lives within believers! It is easy to forget the significance of the Holy Spirit and His work, after all He comes to glorify Jesus, not Himself (John 16:14). But we must never forget the vital work of the Holy Spirit. Apart from the Spirit, there would be no gospel. Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted, and being full of the Spirit, Jesus passed the test that Adam and every other human failed (Luke 4:1). Furthermore, Christ depended on the Holy Spirit in His ministry (Mark 6:5). When Jesus cast out demons, He did so by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:28). Christ willingly went to the cross by the empowerment of the Spirit (Hebrews 9:14). Then Christ was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11). So you see, there would be no gospel apart from the Spirit. And this is to say nothing of His works of conviction, adoption, regeneration, sanctification, comforting, gifting, intercession, etc. We have so much to celebrate. Therefore, we want to designate a special Sunday to recognize the Spirit’s work among us and worship Him for it!