In Acts 2, one can see how Pentecost dramatically impacted the early church. In fact, many Christians regard Pentecost as the birthdate of the Christian church. Pentecost marks the fulfillment of Jesus Christ's promise to send the Holy Spirit to empower and guide His disciples. According to the biblical account, the disciples were gathered in Jerusalem when suddenly a sound like a rushing wind filled the place, and tongues of fire appeared over each of them. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, a manifestation of the Spirit's empowering presence. “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear each in our own language in which we were born? ... we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:7, 8, 11) exclaimed those in Jerusalem. On that day, the church multiplied in number from 120 to 3,000 believers.
The Pentecost serves as a reminder of the call to engage in mission and evangelism. At the time of Pentecost, the disciples, empowered by the Holy Spirit, spoke in languages understood by a diverse assembly of people from various nations. This is not merely a historical event but a clarion call for us, as Seventh-day Adventists, to carry the everlasting gospel to every corner of the earth, starting here in North America.
As our time on earth draws to a close, the Spirit of God will again be manifested in a similar way. The time is now — emboldened to share the good news, we are commissioned to be ambassadors of hope, compassion, and truth. This is not a time for complacency but a divine summons to actively participate in God's redemptive plan for humanity. Let us, with renewed zeal, embrace the mission, proclaim the distinctive truths entrusted to us, and embody the love of Christ in a world hungering for hope and wholeness.
Together in Pentecost 2025
All of us church leaders and members, play a pivotal role in mobilizing for evangelism. With Pentecost 2025, our goal in North America is to hold at least 3,000 proclamation initiatives in 2025, with 2024 a year of "Preparing for Pentecost." We are in this together! Again — let us, with renewed zeal, embrace the mission, proclaim the distinctive truths entrusted to us, and embody the love of Christ in a world hungering for hope and wholeness. Let's take the words of Matthew 24:14 to heart: "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (NIV).
To facilitate Pentecost 2025, not only will the NAD leadership lead by example through proclamation events, resources and training will be made available through the North American Division website. We are committed to equipping our members with the tools and knowledge necessary for effective evangelism. Whether it's through innovative outreach strategies, digital platforms, or traditional methods, we must adapt to reach hearts longing for the hope and wholeness found in Jesus.
CLICK HERE to "Plug into Pentecost" and join the NAD's list to receive valuable tips and tools for evangelism in your own context. Whether you are a church holding a traditional event, a family conducting a meeting with friends, a school leader inviting the community to an event, or an social media content provider hosting a Bible study, we want to hear from you and provide assistance you may need. [Sign up available starting March 2024.]
Pastors, CLICK HERE for information and to sign up for financial sponsorship through the Ministerial Association of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. [Sign up available starting March 2024.]
Preparing for Pentecost in 2024
- Prayer partners (coming soon)
- 10,000 Digital Disciples Social Media Training
- Sign up for training in your region (coming soon)
- Offering opportunities (learn more)
- A Picture of God (Bible study)
- Jesus 101 (click "FREE")
- It Is Written (Bible study)
- Ministerial - Multiply
- Breath of Life (Bible studies)
- New Beginnings