Importance of Pentecost
There are many Christians who do not know what Pentecost is or what it is about. Pentecost is an experience such as what occurred on the ”Day of Pentecost”. The day of ”Pentecost” was and still is observed by Israel today. It is a celebration which occurs fifty days after the celebration of the ”Passover”, which commemorates Israel’s deliverance out of the bondage of ancient Egypt. The day of ”Pentecost” is also the day chosen by the Lord to begin the fulfillment of prophecy of Joel 2:28: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh….”
On that day of ”Pentecost”, God’s Holy Spirit came upon the waiting praying disciples, who had gathered with others in the upper room at Jerusalem. Their complete dedication and commitment to the Christ and His commission, evoked a mighty baptism of God’s power. This outpouring was evidenced initially by their speaking in tongues (Acts 2:4). The Spirit was resident in their lives from that moment as they witnessed many outstanding miraculous happenings (Acts 3:1-7; 4:31). As a result, they were able to lead victorious lives as Christians in Christ as a result of their Pentecostal experience.
It is important to note that on the ”Day of Pentecost”. In addition to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, there were two baptisms disclosed. There was a baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, and the proclaiming of water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ by Peter (Acts 2:38). The baptism of the Holy Spirit is what Jesus referred to as being “born again” in John 3:3-7. The second baptism, was the fulfillment of Matthew 28:19, where Jesus commanded them to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost is considered by many as a denomination in some of today’s churches, but more important than that, Pentecost was and is a new birth experience. As it is applied to now, Pentecost is the Christianity of the early church made relevant to today’s world. The people who refer to themselves as Pentecostals, simply believe, teach, worship, and rejoice as it all began in the early church on the ”Day of Pentecost”, 33 A.D. Now, almost two thousand years later, ”The Pentecostals of Saraland” still embrace these basic Christian truths and experiences.