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A Note From The Pastor

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A Note From The Pastor

This past Sunday was Pentecost Sunday, where we remember the sending of the Holy Spirit by the Father & the Son.  Immediately after the 120 were filled with the Spirit, Peter spoke to the crowd and preached the good news.  He highlighted that Jesus was the promised Messiah & how they had crucified Him.  But He rose from the dead and will forgive their sins.  Verse 32 says, “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are witnesses of the fact.”  Verse 41 gives the result, “those who accepted his message were baptized, and about 3,000 were added to their number that day.”

We are witnesses and have the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to share!  Here is a quote from the Bible commentator John Gill, O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings: the church of God so called, to whom the faith of the Gospel is delivered, which is the pillar and ground of truth; which receives, retains, and maintains it, and sends forth ministers to proclaim it; particularly the first church at Jerusalem, where it was first preached, and from whence it went forth into other parts of Judea, and into all the world; here the apostles of Christ were, and from hence they set out, and published the Gospel all the world over, and who seem to be chiefly meant; for the words may be rendered, as the other clause, “O thou that bringest good tidings to Jerusalem (o)”; so the Targum: “lift up thy voice with strength”; or preach the Gospel with a strong voice, speak it out; do not mutter it over, or whisper it in a corner; proclaim it on the housetops, cry aloud that all may hear; lift up thy voice like a trumpet; blow the trumpet of the Gospel with all the strength thou hast; cause the joyful sound to be heard far and near: lift it up, and be not afraid; of the reproaches and revilings of men on account of it, or of their persecutions for it; or lest it should not be welcome, or be received as truth:  say unto the cities of Judah; the inhabitants of them literally understood, and to the several churches and congregations of the saints everywhere:  behold your God! that divine Person is come, that was promised, prophesied of, and expected; even Immanuel, God with us, God in our nature, God manifest in the flesh, God your Saviour, and who being God, truly God, is able to save to the uttermost; look to him with an eye of faith, and be saved; behold the Son of God, the Lamb of God, that has bore your sins, and took them away; behold him now, as your King and your God, on the throne, made and declared, Lord and Christ, crowned with glory and honour, on the same throne with his divine Father, having all power in heaven and earth; and let the echo of your faith be,