After Grace-Filled Easter, WOA Churches Look Ahead to Pentecost

After spending the Easter weekend meditating on the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and receiving abundant grace from retreats across the continent, World Olivet Assembly (WOA) churches around the world will embark on the next 50 days concentrating on the saving of souls and looking ahead to Pentecost, the day that commemorates the Holy Spirit's arrival.

In the book of Acts, Luke records what happened after Easter: After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 1:3-5, NIV)

The disciples spent the time between Easter and Pentecost in earnest prayer together, reflecting on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. And after fifty days, when they were gathered together the Holy Spirit descended on them enabling to share the Gospel boldly and reach numerous people with the message of repentance and hope in Christ.

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4)

With the anticipation of the work of the Holy Spirit, WOA members and churches are putting renewed focus on gathering together in prayer for those who have not yet heard the Gospel message. May many souls be reached with the Good News of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, which will give new hope and meaning to their lives.