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The Biblical Framework for Pentecost

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The Biblical Framework for Pentecost

What is Pentecost?

And what does it mean to be Pentecostal?

Pentecost is a foundational theological concept for the ACOP (obviously, since it is in the name!). But where does the concept of Pentecost come from? And what does it mean? 

As you might expect, Pentecost is biblical. It has its roots in the Old Testament but found renewed meaning and importance in the New Testament, and has profound reverberating effects for all Christians and churches, today.

So, what exactly is the meaning? And why is Pentecost so important for us?

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What does the biblical foundation of Pentecost have to do with today?

After the initial outpouring in Acts 2, the Holy Spirit continued to be poured out in chapters 4, 8, 10, 19, and all throughout the book of Acts, and the story of the early Christian church as we see it in the New Testament epistles, and in early church history. 

Over the past 2000 years, the Holy Spirit continues to be poured out as the church grows and expands

"And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions."

Test Yourself

As a Jewish feast, Pentecost was celebrated 50 days after Passover. For Christians, Pentecost refers to an event that happened during the Jewish feast of Pentecost, what is that event?

Answer

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2

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    Posted by ECO on August 13, 2021 at 11:02 am

    If the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the feast of Pentecost in Acts 2 is a foundational concept to the ACOP, how might that affect your life as a member of the ACOP?

    Reflect in a paragraph.

    Margie replied 1 month, 1 week ago 30 Members · 38 Replies
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  • Curtis

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    September 1, 2021 at 7:35 pm
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    by having the same experience

  • ECO

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    September 1, 2021 at 8:41 pm
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    Curtis, first of all, welcome to ECO!

    You are right, the outpouring of the Spirit in Acts 2 is not just something that happened 2000 years ago. Rather, as Pentecostals, we believe that the same Spirit is available to us today!

  • Bonani

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    September 10, 2021 at 1:03 pm
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    By experiencing the baptism of the Holy Spirit and living in the fullness of that experience

    • ECO

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      September 10, 2021 at 1:18 pm
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      That’s a great answer Bonani. Can I ask you to expand a little bit? What does the fullness of living in the Spirit mean for you?

      • Bonani

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        September 14, 2021 at 3:44 pm
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        For me, living in the fullness of the Holy Spirit involves daily fellowship with the Holy Spirit, worship in the power of the Spirit, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit, learning to discern the Spirit’s voice and leading, yielding in obedience to the leading of the Spirit, ministering not in my own ability, but in the ability that the Holy Spirit gives, that is flowing in the gifts of the Spirit.

        • ECO

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          September 14, 2021 at 4:56 pm
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          Terrific. Thanks for being specific. It can be too easy when talking about the Spirit to be ambiguous but your answer really gives definition to the many aspects of the Spirit’s role in the believer’s life.

  • Doug

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    October 13, 2021 at 11:44 am
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    The need to experience the infilling of the Holy Spirit and then prayer in the Spirit on a daily basis is as important today as it was at the beginning two thousand years ago.

    • ECO

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      October 13, 2021 at 11:58 am
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      @dougsigg Amen and thanks for confirming this!

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