1. Why is Pentecost described as the birthday of the church? What would the church be like if the Holy Spirit did not exist?

  2. How do you think the disciples felt in the days between the Ascension and Pentecost as they waited for the coming of the Spirit? How do you think you would have felt if you were in their situation?

  3. With the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Disciples were transformed from withdrawn and scared men and women into brave and proclaiming witnesses. What does this tell us about the power of the Holy Spirit? What is the implication for your own situation and prayers? How have you seen people changed by the power of the Spirit?

  4. The Holy Spirit is associated with “rushing wind” and “fire” We don’t often see God working in these kinds of ways, but even when we don’t, the Spirit is definitely at work. How have you seen the Spirit of God move powerfully in your life and community?

  5. Look up Genesis 11: 1-9 - What are the correlations between the text and Acts 2? What was the motivation for each event? Can unity be achieved without God’s Spirit? Is there a difference between “human centered” and ‘God centered” unity?

  6. If you were to talk to a non-Christian about the Holy Spirit, how would you explain the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life? Is your perspective grounded in personal experience, scripture or something else?

  7. What gifts has God given you? and how are they benefiting your life, our church, and the world as you use them to proclaim the Kingdom?

  8. As we celebrate Pentecost, take some time to reflect on the gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life. How do you see the Holy Spirit at work in and through you? Have you ever thought about what it actually means to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

  9. How can our Church be more open to the Holy Spirit working in our lives? Is there anything holding us back from catching the wind of the Spirit?

    Additional Scriptures:

    Genesis 11: 1-9

    Psalms 139

    Isaiah 44: 1-5

    John 3: 5-8

    Romans 8: 1-17

    Prayer

    Come Spirit like rain, refresh, renew, revitalize.

    Come Spirit like fire, embolden, enlighten, enable.

    Come Spirit like a mighty wind, move, challenge, en-kindle.

    Come Spirit like a wave, move, tear down lift up.

    Come Spirit, come breathe, draw us close, make song, bring intimacy.

    Come Spirit, come love, make one, make justice, make peace.

    Come Spirit, come Kingdom, come love.

    Amen

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