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Important Things You Are Suppose To Know About Penticost Sunday

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Pentecost Sunday falls this
year on June 8. But many
people, including Christians,
may not know why the day
is special or what is
celebrated. Unlike Easter and Christmas, when colorful
eggs, Easter bunnies,
Christmas trees and Santa
Claus are harbingers of the
upcoming Christian holidays,
there are no such social markers by secular society
ahead of Pentecost. For those
who need a quick and basic
understanding of what
Pentecost Sunday is, below is
listed 10 things you should know about the holiday.
1. Pentecost Sunday marks
the day when the Holy Spirit
descended upon the Apostles.
2. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50
days after Easter. 3. The Bible records the
Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13.
4. Pentecost comes 10 days
after the Ascension of Jesus
5. Pentecost is also known as "the birthday of the Church".
6. Pentecost fulfills Jesus'
promise to send the
"Counselor" and "Spirit of
Truth" in John 16-5-15.
7. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the
Gospel after Jesus' ascension.
Acts 2:41 records that after
Peter spoke to the crowd
after receiving the Holy Spirit,
some 3,000 people were baptized.
8. The Pentecostal movement
derives its name from the
New Testament event in Acts
9. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the
same reason as Christians. The
celebration by Jews of
Pentecost is to observe God
giving the Ten
Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the
Exodus. The Pentecost in
Jewish tradition takes place
50 days after Passover.
10. In Western Churches,
Pentecost is usually represented with the color
red, which symbolizes the
fire of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday's Pentecost
observances are more than a
celebration of the past. They
are not merely an end to
Easter or a chance to launch
summer programming. They are not opportunities for
stoking nostalgia about the
church's supposed glory days.
Who needs those?
Pentecost is an invitation to
dream. For when a community of faith quits
dreaming dreams, it has little
to offer either its members or
the wider world.
Like any good dream, these
dreams involve adopting a new perspective on what's
possible, rousing our
creativity to free us from
conventional expectations.
They help us see that maybe
what we thought was outlandish actually lies within
reach. Maybe I can find
freedom from what binds
me. Maybe there can be
justice. Maybe I can make a
difference. Maybe a person's value isn't determined by her
income. Maybe the future of
our economy or our society
or our planet is not yet
determined. Maybe God is
here with me, even if my current struggles never go

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