May Communique Letter from the Bishop
Dear brothers and sisters,
Have you ever been promised that someone would give you a present and then you had to wait for it?
At his ascension, Jesus promised his disciples that “. . . not many days from now . . . you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:5, 8).
And then on the major Jewish feast day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit arrived in power. The Holy Spirit enabled them to be dramatically effective witnesses to thousands of Jewish people, pilgrims who had come from the ends of the earth to Jerusalem.
As I will share in my video, we need to understand the importance of the work of the Holy Spirit for our lives as Christians, especially as we share the gospel. As J.I. Packer asks and then answers in Knowing God (a must-read book), ". . . is the work of the Holy Spirit really important? Important! Why, were it not for the work of the Holy Spirit there would be no gospel, no faith, no church, no Christianity in the world at all."
God himself, in the person of the Holy Spirit enables us to do what is impossible for us to do alone- to love the Lord and serve powerfully in his Kingdom.
Ask God the Father and the Lord Jesus to keep on filling you with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
May you have a blessed Pentecost Day, Pentecost season and Pentecost life!
In Jesus the Messiah,
The Rt. Rev. Neil G. Lebhar