COGIC Pilgrimage to Pentecost: 50 Daily Devotional Meditations
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The festival commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples following the death of Jesus in the Easter story — here's what you need to know about it. The date of Pentecost changes each year because it falls exactly seven weeks after Easter Sunday , based on the biblical account of the apostles praying together and the Holy Spirit descending upon them 49 days after the resurrection of Christ.
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That means that in it takes place on Sunday 9 June, after Easter was celebrated on 21 April. The name of Pentecost comes from the Greek word "Pentekostos", meaning 50, reflecting its origins in the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, marked on the 50th day after Passover.
It could therefore reflect the festival being a day for baptisms — when worshippers traditionally wear white — or the disciples being filled with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. According to the Bible's New Testament the apostles were inspired to talk in tongues when the Holy Spirit descended on to them as they prayed together at the Shavuot festival.
Hearing them speaking in an unfamiliar language, the gathered onlookers in Jerusalem believed them to be drunk.
However, Saint Peter explained to them that the apostles were inspired by the spirit and delivered the first Christian sermon, leading to the conversion and baptism of 3, people. Often called a Pastor to Pastors, he has been for many years, a trailblazer and designer of innovative and nontraditional ministry and educational concepts. His ministry has crossed cultural and denominational lines reaching around the World, touching five continents. Today he leads Destiny Ministries, an international Christian organization whose primary mission is to train leaders, plant churches and coordinate ministry endeavors around the globe.
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