Pentecost Sunday is May 19th this year. Tomorrow. It marks 50 days after Easter when the Holy Spirit arrived. The apostles didn't stay inside the upper room and keep it to themselves. They TUMBLED out of the upper room and into the streets! And that was the beginning of the church as we know it.
I believe with all my heart that the furnace of affliction in the family of God is always for refinement, never for destruction. God didn't send his Son for the righteous. He sent Jesus for the sinners. And who would that be? All of us or some of us?
It's all of us.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.