Readings for May 15, 2016
- Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21
- John 14:8-17, (25-27)
QUESTIONS (Read Acts 2:1-21)
On the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’ disciples and many people were changed in dramatic ways. The disciple Peter suddenly was courageous and inspired as he explained what God was doing that day.
- Have you ever had an experience that dramatically changed you? If so, did you understand that experience as God at work?
- Do you see the Holy Spirit at work in your life and through your life? Do you see the Holy Spirit at work in and through Messiah Lutheran Church?
John 14:8-17, (25-27)
8 Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’9Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
15 ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever.17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
25 ‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
Image Source: Interior Pentecost Mosaic – Cathedral Basilica of St Louis, MO
Readings are from the online Revised Common Lectionary, a project of theVanderbilt Divinity Library, a division of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Scripture texts are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.