Formal Order Of Worship For First Pentecost

Order Of Worship For First Pentecost (If They Had One)

  • Welcome & Announcements
  • Days Of Ongoing Prayer
  • Sudden Interruption By Sound Of Violent Wind
  • Flames Of Fire Falling From The Ceiling On Everybody
  • Everybody Rises And Speaks Different Languages
  • Time Of Confusion And Curiosity As We Welcome A Crowd Of Latecomers
  • Scripture Reading: Joel 2:28-32
  • Message — “Jesus Is Alive And We Are Witnesses Of It”
  • Interruption Of Message By Congregation Saying: “Brothers, What Shall We Do?”
  • Challenge To Repent
  • 3,000 People Become Christ Followers

However, Pentecost wasn’t programmed by a man and it didn’t stick to a printed order of worship. Pentecost was Spirit-led and it started a chain reaction that spread Christianity all over the world. (Since that first Pentecost was so powerful, perhaps we need more Spirit-led, unprogrammed church meetings!)

Pentecost is about God using everyday people (like fishermen and tax collectors) in prophecy, visions, & dreams as prompted by the Spirit. Peter describes what happened at Pentecost by quoting the Old Testament.

This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, 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 prophesy.'”

To prophesy is to speak words directly from God. (God says:  “Open your mouth and I will fill it.”)

Visions are pictures that God puts into your mind. (Notice the images that come to your mind and recognize which ones are from God.)

Dreams are godly goals that passionately burn in your heart. (Martin Luther King had a passionate, God-inspired dream. Do you?)

Do you want to go beyond traditional church to Pentecost? Check this out.


About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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