This Pentecost I heard an excellent message by a lay member of the church where I worshiped. He talked about what the gift of the Holy Spirit means to us as individuals and how we should live in the Spirit.
About one-third of the way into his sermon, however, he made a huge and wonderful point. He pointed out that the church was already forming when God breathed the Spirit. One hundred and twenty apostles (Acts 1 & 2) were gathered together: God chose to send the Holy Spirit to the gathered Body. The preacher pointed out that he was sure that the Spirit often speaks to us in private but what message should we take, he asked, that God gave the Spirit to the assembly.
Wow. Huge. God breathed on the Church, nascent as it was, and it became a living being. The same happens today. We have to continue to meet together, worship together, pray and play together, and sometimes argue fiercely for the Spirit to work in us.
In our time of doubt of the Church – and all the issues before us, things like but not limited to our discussions of human sexuality and General Conference 2019 – how good it was to hear the Word again. That the Spirit comes to us in many places and ways, but the first way and the first continuing way was and is in the assembly of the Church when we worship and meet to praise God.
So I invite you to redouble your efforts to be at worship: on vacation, when disgruntled, when not sure of the Church. God showed up on Pentecost and promises to continue to do so. Ours is to show up too.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
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