Sermon: Repent and Believe

Good morning and welcome to you on this Pentecost morning. Pentecost is the Sunday in the church calendar where we remember the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the church. The name comes from the fact that it took place on the biblical feast of Pentecost, fifty days after the Passover. This morning, we…

First Glance: John 19:30

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30) Jesus bows his head, perhaps in mortal weakness, perhaps in silent submission, or perhaps as a nod of approval. Then, John tells us, Jesus ‘gave up his spirit.’ The phrase “gave…

First Glance: 2 Kings 2

As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more.…

First Glance: Acts 2

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was…