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Acts 2:1-21 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: May 30, 2023

As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, we will hear the story of the gift of the Holy Spirit of God to the early Christian community. Jesus promised the gift of God's Spirit to his followers before his death and resurrection, and fifty days after Easter, the Spirit empowered the gifts of Jesus' followers just as he had promised. We will reflect on the gift of God's Spirit in our lives, both individually and as a community, and consider how the Spirit can empower us to faithfully go where Jesus invites us to go!

Our Scripture passage is found in the Acts of the Apostles. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Acts 2:1-21).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the assigned Scripture lesson for the week; were there any words or phrases that stood out for you as you read the lesson? What are your thoughts about how the disciples were not sure what the future held and hid in the upper room...and now, with the giving of God's Spirit, they boldly stood before the crowd and proclaimed God's word? What role do you think the Spirit played in the dramatic change and how might the spirit make a change in your life? Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below for some additional information about the Scripture lesson.

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on the following questions: Which of the actions of the Spirit might have served as direction and empowerment for the early church? How did the crowds react to the power of the Holy Spirit, and why do you think their reaction was so different than the reaction of the followers of Jesus?

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on how the story of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost might help you to find the Spirit within you and claim the authentic gift which you have received.

  • Read the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on ways in which your community of faith has received the energizing and dramatic gift of the Holy Spirit, and how this experience has made a difference in your life and others' lives.

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