from Rev. Matthew Bond – Sunday 19th May

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again” (Romans 8:15).

Today, Pentecost Sunday is the day we traditionally celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. It was the day that the Early Church leaders stepped up and took on the ministry that Jesus had prepared them to do. From there they really did go …out into all the world and preach the Gospel. They were able to do this because they were free, they were not slaves and they no longer lived in fear. They had been given the gift of the Spirit. All too easily we can fall back into slavery and fear. It sneaks up on us when we give in to temptation or fire off an angry word. Today we reclaim the freedom and courage that God has so graciously given us. We do this in God’s mighty strength as seen in the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

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