Paul, undoubtedly the greatest missionary of the early Christian Church, brought forth God’s message and was received by some with great joy, yet by others ridiculed and made fun of. Like the messenger, the gospel message often acts like a double-edged sword. It can function like a surgical scalpel bringing deliverance or cut like a knife bringing devastation. All of this becomes pointedly clear on the Day of Pentecost.
When the Holy Spirit illuminates a divine presence through wind, fire, and speaking in different tongues about the great things God has done—The writer of Luke shares the presence of two very different reactions that day—”amazement and great wonder” and “we’re just not buying this, ‘They have had too much wine’!” In this world, there are seekers and there are scoffers.
Many have tried and many have failed to explain exactly what occur that day when thousands turned their attention away from the things of this world and gave their lives to Jesus Christ. And why didn’t more convert—Why don’t more hear the truth and receive the gift today?
God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will proclaim my message.’” (Acts 2:17-18) Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as we celebrate “Pentecost”, the birthday of the Christian Church as the Rev. Fred Mast shares a message entitled ”What If?”.
Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring uplifting music, special times of prayer, and passionate life changing messages that will move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ and others. Sunday school offered for children kindergarten to 6th grade.
Immediately following worship, you are invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for a very special fellowship time featuring delicious goodies and snacks, beverages, and always great hot coffee. This is the friendliest and most welcoming fellowship time anywhere!
We offer several weekly book and bible studies: Tuesday’s @ 1:45pm Adult Studies at The Gathering Place in West Sedona (Revelations Study); and Thursday’s Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am (Studying the Gospel of John). We offer so many great missions, ministries, and fellowship opportunities at Sedona UMC.
Visit our website at us on www.sedonaumc.org and “Like” us on Facebook. We are conveniently located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona. All are welcome at Sedona UMC—Come and grow with us! Invite, pick-up, and bring your friends and family.