Back to Pentecost
Greetings to the whole house of faith. It is my pleasure to again commune with you by way of our monthly Bulletin or our church’s website.
Well, saints and friends, it’s finally here. Our celebration of the move of God, commonly called “The Day of Pentecost” has arrived and we are ready. The Lord has prepared us in heart and mind to receive the Holy Ghost outpour. Just as our Lord did two thousand years ago, we can feel the winds of Pentecost beginning to blow now.
We have been sharing at O.A.A. what occurred on the biblical day of Pentecost. We all know the famous phase, “...when the day of Pentecost was fully come...” We know of the dramatic events of that fateful day. We have heard in sermons and lessons and read in books how the one hundred and twenty believers were waiting in that upper room. The phenomenal display of the supernatural. The receiving of Holy Ghost and all that followed.
But there were some concepts and attitudes that were already in play then. There was the “Spirit of Expectancy,” “The One Mind,” “The Apostolic Attitude,” “The Power of the Holy Ghost, “and “The Promise Fulfilled.” The message is clear; “If you do what they did, you will get what they got.” If we obey these precepts, we will receive the grand outpouring of God’s Spirit in a powerful and unique way.
Just as in the “First Pentecost,” God wants to give us the Holy Ghost if we want to receive it. I pause to ask. Apostolic Pentecostal Believer, do you want it? How badly do you want it? Do you want it enough to wait in expectancy? Are you willing to sacrifice your individuality for the “One Mind” of Christ? Do you really want the “Apostolic Attitude” and the “Power of the Holy Ghost”?
Believing as I do in the imminent return of our Lord in the rapture of the Church, I could easily see a last days outpour of the Holy Spirit being the precursor of Christ’s return. It would be so fitting that the Lord would refill the church, reclaim the backslidden, and fill the souls of many sinners before finally collecting His church. Wouldn’t you want to be in that number? Let’s get ready. Let’s go back to Pentecost of old. Let’s ask God to grant us afresh, Visions of Pentecost Revisited.
Bishop Gregory Wells
Founding Pastor, O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly