Here are some questions for us to prayerfully consider for this Sunday’s lessons. We hope you will find them a useful resource as you prepare to receive them in church.
We read this passage most every Pentecost Sunday. For those of us who are long term members of the church, the strangeness of the scene could easily be ignored. What stands out to you? One thing is that for that day and community, Peter stretches the acceptable understanding of how God will speak to the people. Peter quotes an ancient Hebrew prophet, Joel, who foretells that God’s Spirit will fall indiscriminately on all sorts—young and old, male and female, slave and free. God’s Spirit is free to move and speak beyond the conventions of society and its established hierarchy. Have you experienced that type of movement of the Spirit in your life? Do you see that type of movement of the Spirit today?
A distinctive part of the Christian faith is the promise that the Holy Spirit abides with people who believe in Christ. God is not simply “out there” but also an interior presence that helps us to understand the truth of who God is and who we are to be as humans and people of faith and followers of Jesus. The apostle Paul told us that the Spirit’s presence in us pours God’s love into our hearts (Romans 5:5). How does this interior aspect of our faith affect how we live our daily lives? How does the availability of God’s love pouring into us change us and how we are able to love others?