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The Day of Pentecost

June 9, 2019 Speaker: Murray Keith Series: Pentecost

Passage: John 14:23–14:31

†††In the Name of Jesus†††
Pastor Murray Keith
Text: John 14:23-31
Date: June 9th, 2019
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • Today is Pentecost Sunday and we focus our attention on the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit, and his work, can be a bit fuzzy for us.
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit. 
  • We know that he lives in us through faith in Jesus Christ. 
  • We confess that he is with us right here, right now, and every time we gather together around Word and Sacrament. 
  • But it can be difficult to picture or even describe the Holy Spirit.
  • It’s somewhat ironic that the longest season in the Church Year by far is the season Pentecost.
  • For almost thirty straight weeks we focus on various aspects of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. 
  • And yet some of us might admit that of the three persons of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit remains the fuzziest when it comes to our understanding of who he is and what he does and exactly how he does it.
  • And this might be because the Scriptures provide so many different and contrasting pictures of the Spirit. 
  • The Spirit appears as a dove; then as tongues of fire; then again, as a loud, rushing wind; in other places as a quiet whisper. 
  • The Bible does provide some very clear and helpful information—divine teaching—about who the Spirit is and what he does for us as Christians. 
  • Over and over again in the Gospel of St. John (including our Gospel lesson for this morning) Jesus uses a very unique word to describe the person and work of the Holy Spirit. 
  • The Greek word is parakl

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Last Sunday of the Church Year

October 21, 2018

The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

October 14, 2018

The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost