Proclaiming Pentecost

Pentecost Eve 2017

Saturday 3rd June 2017 - 7pm to 9pm
Penshurst Anglican Church (St. John the Evangelist),
2 Carrington Street Penshurst

  Holy Spirit The Comforter has come  

Proclaiming Pentecost is a grass roots movement to celebrate Pentecost Eve in unity.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

We are all praying for revival and transformation for our cities. God brought Sydney together at Pentecost Eve 2015 and Pentecost Eve 2016 (click on links to read the full reports).

As we are moving from region to region, we witness the power of the Holy Spirit sweeping across our cities, bringing holiness, revival, righteousness, healing, forgiveness through the power of prayer.

Revivals and Awakenings: each is divine in nature and often contrary or external to the programs of men (believers and unbelievers), and they have a profound effect and legacy on the communities that experience them. 7 principles (or characteristics) of revival:

  • Gods' Sovereignty (His timing - Acts 2:1)
  • Prayer (Acts 1:14; 2:1)
  • Unity (Acts 2:1)
  • Obedience to the Spirit (Acts 2:4)
  • Preaching (Acts 2:14)
  • Repentance (Acts 2:37-38)
  • Evangelism (Acts 2:41)

(From "What Is Revival" in the book "Flashpoints of Revival" by Dr. Geoff Waugh)

The goal of one body, many parts (cf. 1 Cor 12:12) is most readily realised in prayer. Christians can disagree on many matters, but can also be united to pray for the needs of our community, the prime of which is for all peoples to be restored into relationship with the Father.

Taking this to heart, we earnestly look for and pray for revival, and in faith prepare by humbling ourselves, praying in meekness, turning from our self-determining ways, and seeking instead the face of God our Father (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Gathering together as one body, one church before our King Christ Jesus, and putting aside our differences of opinion and revelation to publicly recognise and worship the one true Lord and our Bridegroom fulfils Jesus' prayer in John 17, and unlocks transformational blessing over our nations and cities.

If you wish to involve in Pentecost 2017 please contact us at info @ transformingsydney.org - you can run "Proclaiming Pentecost" celebration anywhere around Australia and beyond.

Why Pentecost?

Every year, we celebrate the birthday of the Church on Pentecost. It was on that day, almost two thousand years ago, when the Holy Spirit anointed the Apostles and the Church was transformed from a less than two dozen frightened disciples holed-up in someone's attic into a divinely inspired movement of over three thousand believers. But why did such a momentous event happen on that day? Why did God choose that day to reveal His glory in such a way? Why Pentecost?

The answer lies in the Jewish roots of the festival. The Jews call the feast Shavuot, or the Festival of Weeks. Those "weeks" refer to the seven weeks proscribed by Moses in Deuteronomy 16 and begin the day after the Passover. As such, Shavuot is fifty days after the Passover and the Greek phrase for "fifty days" comes to us as Pentecost. The festival had a double focus and really celebrated two different occasions.

First, Pentecost was a celebration of the end of the grain harvest is Israel. As such, one of the many names of the festival is the Festival of First-Fruits. In the Book of Numbers, the children of Israel are instructed to bring their "first-fruits" to Jerusalem on the Festival of Weeks (Num 28:26). Farmers in Israel would regularly survey their fields and, as soon as they saw fruit beginning to ripen, they would fasten a reed to the fruit. When the Day of Pentecost came around they gathered those first-fruits and presented them to the Lord in the Temple.

In the twelfth chapter of St. John's Gospel, some Greeks wanted to see Jesus. Our Lord answered them by saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain." (Joh 12:23-24)

A few days later, Our Lord would be crucified and die on the Cross (and of course rising from the dead after 3 days). Fifty days after Christ's sacrifice, the birth of the Church would be the first fruits of Jesus' ministry! Jesus was the grain that "falls to the ground and dies" and in doing so, seven weeks later, He did produce much grain. In Jerusalem, the priests and rabbis and all Jerusalem saw the first fruit offering which Our Lord presented in the Temple. That offering was a Church empowered by the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, healing the sick, and casting out demons. That first fruit offering was over three thousand men!

The second aspect of Pentecost was a celebration of the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. According to Jewish Biblical scholars, Exodus 19 takes place fifty days after the Exodus and thus fifty days after the first Passover. In many Jewish communities, Pentecost is observed by studying the Torah, the five Books of Moses, throughout the night.

The prophet Jeremiah foretold the events of the first Christian Pentecost in this way:

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (Jer 31:31-33)

Let us come in humility to celebrate this event together and see the fire of the Holy Spirit spread across the Earth. Hallelujah


Past Proclaiming Pentecost Events

See also A CALL TO PRAYER FOR SYDNEY PDF flyer (from 2016).