The Pentecost Miracle Continues...

May 30, 2004
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Pentecost
Hymns: 232; 235:1-3,7; 234; 243:1,4-5
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Holy Spirit, our gracious God and Savior: We thank You for bringing us to faith through the preaching of Your Word and the washing of regeneration found within baptism. We pray that You would be with us this day to guide our worship. May we sincerely repent of our sins, heartily believe in Jesus as our Savior, and joyously sing Your praises to the honor and glory of Your name. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 104

First Reading: 

Genesis 11:1-9

After the flood God commanded Noah’s family to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” Noah’s descendants in unbelief refused to do this. Rather, they rebelliously planned to remain together and build a tower which would reach to heaven and rival God’s own greatness. God, therefore, confused their languages and divided mankind forcing them to separate and fulfill His command. That division will continue until the end of time, mitigated only by the gospel which unites people in Christ.

Second Reading: 

John 15:26-27, John 16:5-11

Jesus promised to send His disciples “the Helper” after He returned to heaven. This Helper, “the Spirit of Truth,” would lead them to a clear understanding of the truths of Jesus’ word…truths which convict this world of its sin, demonstrate to this world the righteousness of Christ, and announce God’s judgment upon “the ruler of this world,” Satan!