Scott Nichols

READ : Acts 2:1-12

With a mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire the church comes into being. That is the reality of Pentecost. Almost 2,000 years ago, the Holy Spirit fell upon 120 men and women huddled in an upper room in Jerusalem and turned the world upside down. We are the spiritual descendants of those first believers. We are the church, a group whose charter was written by God in eternity, whose founder, Jesus Christ, died and rose again that we might have new life, and whose fellowship is selected by the Spirit from the rank and file of sinful humanity.

Today we celebrate. Today is our birthday. We are the church. Mindful that: “The church is not a building. The church is not a steeple. The church is not a resting place. The church is the people!” People foreordained by God to be His chosen possession. People cleansed by Jesus’ blood. People renewed and recreated by the Holy Spirit. People called by divine appointment to fulfill the Great Commission that all the world may know. A people on the journey to eternity. United with all who have gone before and all who will follow. A people in time and space, yet looking for that time when we will transcend both. This and much more is what it means to be the church. Celebrate that Good News!

Discuss: What does the church mean to you?


Father, help us to celebrate the church. For Jesus’ sake.