From the Pastor's Pen


A Message from Pastor David Williamson

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May:  Pastor's Message

       The month of May is a time for holidays. Socialists around the world kick things off by celebrating May Day.  The National Day of Prayer is May 3rd.  Cinco de Mayo (which, ironically, is not normally celebrated in Mexico) is May 5th.  Mother's Day is the second Sundy in May, Armed Forces Day is the third Saturday of this month, and Memorial Day is commemorated on the last Monday of May.


          But I want to point out two holy days that don't appear on most calendars.  The first is Ascension Day (May 10th this year), which commemorates Jesus' eing lifted up to heaven 40 days after His Easter resurrection (Acts 1:1-11).  Why is that important to you?  Join us on Sunday, May 6th, and I'll explain.


          Ten days after that is Pentecost, the birthday of the Church.  The Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples in the form of a "violent wind," followed by "what seemed to be tongues of fire" that rested on them (Acts 2:1-4).  I'm sure you know that Christians traditionally wear red to church on Pentecost, which will be May 20th. 


          So why is Pentecost the birthday of the Church?  Folks tend to assume it's all about the disciples first believing that Jesus is the Son of God and long-awaited Messiah.  Or they think it has to do with the arrival of the Holy Spirit.


          However, the disciples begin believing in Jesus long before Pentecost.  Think of the time Jesus walked on water, and the disciples exclaimed, "Truly, You are the Son of God" (Matthew 14:33).  Or the day when Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was, and Peter declares,  "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16).  Even Doubting Thomas, a week after Easter, calls Jesus "my Lord and my God" (John 20:28).  Believing in Jesus is not what triggers the birth of the Church.


          For the same reason, Pentecost is not the birthday of the Church just because the Holy Spirit arrived.  The apostle Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, says "No one can say 'Jesus is Lord' except by the Holy Spirit" (1st Cor. 12:3) ...and we've just seen that the disciples were doing that long before Pentecost.  Paul also tells us that, unless the Spirit is in someone, the message of the cross will be foolishness to them (1st Cor. 2:14; see also 1:18).  Again, we know that the disciples believe in Jesus' death and resurrection weeks before Pentecost.


          We celebrate the birth of the Christian Church on Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter, because it's the first time the disciples of Jesus shared their faith with and proclaimed the Gospel to others!  Up until then, Jesus' followers may have talked about what they believed with each other, but beginning on Pentecost, people heard them - the for first time - "declaring the wonders of God" (Acts 2:11).


          If you want to see Hawker Church grow and prosper, you need to share your faith and experiences with your family, your neighbors, your coworkers, your classmates, and your friends.  You don't need to be eloquent or skilled in public speaking, and you don't have to have "all the answers."  Jesus promises us that we don't need to worry about what to say or how to say it (Luke 12:11-12).  Just tell others what you believe and how you've experienced God at work here at Hawker, and the Holy Spirit will flow through you and do the rest.


          In Christ, and through Hawker Church, we have victory over death, and forgiveness of all our sins, and we've been reconciled with our Heavenly Father for all of eternity.  Let's share the good news with the people we know, and invite them to join us here to experience the same things and more.


          Hope to see you in church this month.



Yours in Christ,


~~~Pastor David Williamson












































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