This past Sunday we celebrated Pentecost, and I know you were blessed by Pastor Rick’s preaching. The weeks leading up to Pentecost, we talked about the promised Spirit. The Spirit that came upon the early church, enthusing them to create a beloved community, and to reach out into the world sharing the love of Christ (Acts 1:8). We (today) are still enthused by the Spirit of Pentecost, so that (I love a so that statement) we might continue to build beloved community (the Kingdom) here on the Eastside of Indianapolis, as it is in Heaven.
After Pentecost occurred, one of the first things the people did was to be sure others in community were taken care of.
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Acts 2:44-45
Their commonality was the Spirit, and Christ’s love. And, filled with the Spirit, their concern was for one another.
We are in challenging times in our world. People are hurting financially, and we still live in the reality of the devasting effects of a global pandemic. Also, we continue to see and experience rampant injustices that are deepening and widening our chasms of separation and division in America.
However, we are still a Pentecost people, and we need to be attentive to the needs of others. We need to look after our neighbors, providing one another with resources, like we see in the forming of the Acts church (the Way).
Because there is a so that.
The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, so that we might be filled with the empathy to love, to form beloved community, to look after one another, and so that we might we have power to advocate and tackle societal injustices.
The question remains: How might we continue to be a Pentecost people, today, on the Eastside of Indianapolis?