Watch Pastor Van's Message From Last Year's Pentecost Sunday
What is Pentecost?
Pentecost is a Christian holiday celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to his disciples to help them in their faith, and continue their work of establishing the church and spreading the gospel further. Pentecost is also known as the birthday of Christian faith. Additionally, the word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word “pentekoste,” which means “fiftieth.”
When is Pentecost 2018?
The date of the Pentecost varies every year as it takes place 50 days after Easter, so for 2018, it will be on May 20.
What does Pentecost mean for Christians?
The significance of Pentecost lies in the baptism of the disciples with the Holy Spirit. Jesus made the promise in John 14:26 saying “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” After dying on the cross and being resurrected, Jesus reappeared in front of the disciples to prove He was alive and well. He told them to wait in Jerusalem. Come Pentecost, the disciples were waiting in an upper room in Jerusalem, bonded in prayer together when they heard the sound of a strong wind inside the house. This was the Holy Spirit and they were filled with it. They were given the gift of tongues. Immediately, Peter began his ministry, while the other disciples also spread the word, giving way to the birth of the church. Nowadays, Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit. This holiday unites Christians together. It reminds Christians that, we too can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and be witnesses to the ends of the Earth.