Pentecost: Acts 1-2
The first two chapters of Acts set a stage for the story to come of how the kingdom of God advanced from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria and beyond in the earliest days of the church. Luke recalls Jesus risen, what He preached about the kingdom, what He commanded, and what He promised. How would it all connect? How would it all come to fruition? Luke leads us to see that the work of the Apostles and the advance of the early church hinged on Pentecost – the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The story of how these first believers experienced the gift of the Holy Spirit should lead us to wholly lean into His presence and work as we join in the mission to take the gospel to the “ends of the earth” (1:8). Afterall, it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that our own hearts know Christ. It is by the Holy Spirit that we experience the reality of Christ’s life-giving reign as King in our lives. And it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that the kingdom advances.