Tuesday, September 28, 2021


About Me

Minimize
The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

Devotions and more

Minimize
  
  
 "It is written,
‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds
out of the mouth of God.’" Matt. 4: 4

Please help / Help asb.

Minimize
For more than 10 years I financed
this Pastoral Ministry myself.
But now I need your 
urgent financial support
to continue, boost and expand this work.

Please EFT your contribution to: 

Standard Bank, Savings Account,
Centurion, South Africa.
Account number: 015373126
Account holder: Combrink AJ
Use Ref. – ‘Surname’ Sup.   

Any help - small or large -
will make a diiference!

DAILY views between 600 and 2000.

Search

Minimize

Latest Entries

Minimize
May 21

Written by: Andries
Friday, May 21, 2021 2:58:43 AM  RssIcon

What is Pentecost?
This coming Sunday Christians across the world will celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost remembers the birthday of the church and should be celebrated with commitment and enthusiasm.
Pentecost Sunday commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first followers of Jesus. After the death and resurrection of Christ, the disciples could not really be called the Church yet, since the Spirit brings the church into existence and gives the resurrection life of Jesus to her. This is why we say that on the first Pentecost Sunday the Christian Church was born when the Spirit was poured out on us who believe in Jesus.
 
What does the word “Pentecost” mean?
The English word “Pentecost” comes from a Greek word for “fifty” and was the name the Greek speaking Jews called the Hebrew festival “Shavuot”. Both Shavuot (Hebrew) and Pentecost (Greek) means “fifty”. This name comes from a decree in Leviticus 23:16, which instructs people to count seven weeks or “fifty days” from the end of the Hebrew Passover to Shavuot, a harvest festival celebrating the “first fruits” on the farms. It also later became the feast of thanksgiving for the giving of the law on Mount Sinai.
 
In the same way that Jesus, the Lamb of God, was crucified on the day and more or less during the time when the Hebrew Passover lamb was slaughtered in the temple during the Passover feast, the Holy Spirit was also poured out on the very day when the Hebrews celebrated the first fruits of the harvest and the coming of the law – Shavuot or Pentecost.
 
It seems that God values the days of celebration he instated and gives a deep spiritual meaning to them:  that we who follow Jesus may grow in knowledge, gratefulness and commitment. And that we will never forget God’s great deeds of salvation.
 
The first fruits of the church, more than 3000 people saved and brought into the first congregation  in Jerusalem,  after Peter preached his first sermon after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church on that day, the Hebrew Pentecost day, a Sunday.
 
As you might expect, there are a wide range of Christian celebrations of Pentecost amongst all the many denominations. Most churches at least mention it in prayer, song and sermon. Churches that employ liturgical colors generally use red on Pentecost as a symbol of the power and the fire of the Holy Spirit.
 
So on Sunday we celebrate the birthday of the Church, when God by the power of the Holy Spirit gave a harvest of believers as a result of the “seed” of the blood Jesus planted on the cross and through his resurrection.
We too are part of that harvest – we, and all we will tell of the wondrous Gospel that Jesus came into this world to save sinners! 

Tags:
Categories:

Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Your website:
Title:
Comment:
Security Code
CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add Comment   Cancel 

List of more recent Posts

Minimize
Celebrate Jesus, our King, Lord and Redeemer.
Jesus, Redeemer of the bruised!
The powerful Gospel stored in jars of clay.
True Freedom – to be free as a Child of God.
August is women’s month.
We clearly cannot remain silent.
Our battles belong to the Lord.
Repent!
Receive a new life through the living Word.
Always reflect when you engage with God.
Remember the power of prayer
The importance of Pentecost.
All filled and everyone called: Pentecost
Ascension Day – 13 May 2021
Thank only God under all circumstances
What if Jesus was really raised from the tomb?
Prayers for the Easter Season – till Pentecost
Looking for the living Lord.
The gravity of Resurrection Day – Easter Sunday
What is “good” about Good Friday?

Collection of Posts per Month

Minimize
Archive
<September 2021>
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293012
3456789
Monthly
September, 2021 (3)
August, 2021 (4)
July, 2021 (5)
June, 2021 (5)
May, 2021 (5)
April, 2021 (4)
March, 2021 (7)
February, 2021 (3)
January, 2021 (3)
December, 2020 (4)
November, 2020 (5)
October, 2020 (4)
September, 2020 (4)
August, 2020 (3)
July, 2020 (3)
June, 2020 (1)
May, 2020 (5)
April, 2020 (5)
March, 2020 (5)
February, 2020 (4)
January, 2020 (4)
December, 2019 (4)
November, 2019 (3)
October, 2019 (5)
September, 2019 (4)
August, 2019 (3)
July, 2019 (2)
June, 2019 (2)
May, 2019 (5)
April, 2019 (1)
March, 2019 (2)
February, 2019 (4)
January, 2019 (2)
December, 2018 (2)
October, 2018 (3)
September, 2018 (3)
August, 2018 (3)
July, 2018 (4)
June, 2018 (5)
May, 2018 (3)
April, 2018 (4)
February, 2018 (2)
January, 2018 (3)
December, 2017 (2)
November, 2017 (2)
October, 2017 (1)
September, 2017 (2)
August, 2017 (4)
July, 2017 (4)
June, 2017 (3)
May, 2017 (2)
April, 2017 (2)
March, 2017 (2)
February, 2017 (4)
January, 2017 (1)
December, 2016 (1)
November, 2016 (2)
October, 2016 (2)
September, 2016 (2)
August, 2016 (3)
July, 2016 (3)
June, 2016 (1)
May, 2016 (1)
April, 2016 (2)
February, 2016 (1)
January, 2016 (3)
December, 2015 (2)
November, 2015 (3)
October, 2015 (1)
September, 2015 (1)
August, 2015 (4)
July, 2015 (2)
June, 2015 (2)
May, 2015 (2)
April, 2015 (1)
March, 2015 (3)
February, 2015 (2)
January, 2015 (4)
December, 2014 (1)
November, 2014 (2)
October, 2014 (3)
August, 2014 (4)
July, 2014 (1)
June, 2014 (5)
May, 2014 (6)
April, 2014 (3)
March, 2014 (2)
February, 2014 (5)
January, 2014 (3)
December, 2013 (6)
November, 2013 (4)
October, 2013 (3)
August, 2013 (6)
July, 2013 (9)
June, 2013 (3)
April, 2013 (1)
March, 2013 (5)
February, 2013 (5)
January, 2013 (4)
Pastoral Copyright 2010 - Hosted and Created by DWS