Often Pentecost is viewed as the birthday of the Church, but this is a looking back to what God has done rather than a looking forward to the staggering possibilities of what He is going to do.
I believe God has given the Church the season of Pentecost to call us to seek new vision from the Father for advancing the Kingdom of God and to receive anew from the Holy Spirit the spiritual gifts, power and authority needed for us to be Jesus’s effective witnesses.
The meaning of Pentecost
The term Pentecost comes from the Greek pentecoste which means fifty.
Pentecost corresponds to the Jewish festival of Shavuot (the feast of weeks). It is the festival which takes place 50 days after the feast of first fruits which follows after the feast of Passover (Leviticus 23:9-16).
It is during this festival of Shavuot that Jews celebrate Moses receiving the law on Mount Sinai.
The First Pentecost
Jesus promised to send his disciples another Comforter after He ascended.
He instructed the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit would come upon them so that they could be witnesses.
That day was Pentecost.
In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit is poured out in power upon the people, inwardly to write the law upon their hearts and outwardly to empower believers to live out that law.
The first Pentecost was a unique historical event in the life of the Church.
This was the day that the first disciples were all baptized with the Holy Spirit,