Saturday, June 03, 2006

The Holy Spirit Was Sent To The Church

Before Jesus ascended to Heaven He told them “You will be filled with power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and to the ends of the earth. Do not leave Jerusalem, wait for the gift My Father promised that I told you about. John baptized with water but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

On Pentecost, all the believers were gathered in the upper room. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky, a strong wind that filled the entire room. They saw what looked like tongues of fire spreading out and one tongue descended on each of them. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

Peter along with the other Apostles preached boldly. Peter told them to turn away from their sins and be baptized. Those who accepted the message were baptized, more than three thousand people became members of the Church that day.

The Holy Spirit carries out the work of Jesus Christ on earth, the salvation of all people. He spreads the Church throughout the world among people who are willing to love God and one another.

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