Pentecost: From Past Event To Present Reality

Sunday May 23, 2021

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

The past and the present have been at odds with each other for a very long time. “You cannot live in the past, only the present.” “You cannot change your past, only your present.” “If you don’t deal with your past, you are doomed to repeat it.” How often do you hear these declarations and other similar statements? I believe that it is imperative that you apply the life lessons learned from the past to help guide you in the present. The church lives in both the past and the present. The follower of Christ’s security rest on the ways of God that are observable in history. At the same time, your development and progress depend on the dynamics in the present. Your spiritual foundation is settled in the Sacred Scriptures, but your spiritual vibrancy and growth depend on your daily renewal and commitment. Your spiritual experience cannot become stagnate because of what you once experienced. You must be active in the present through the indwelling of the Holy Sprit. The question is two-fold:  “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? ” and “Are you now actively living the Spirit-filled life?”