I wonder what comes into your mind when you think of the day of Pentecost. The sound of a mighty rushing wind, a tongue of fire on every head, people speaking in tongues. The true essence of Pentecost Sunday is this: It’s a reversal of the mission of God. Until that day, people came to Jerusalem, they gathered at the temple. They came to encounter God. But on that day, the mission was reversed and people were sent out with the Person and power of the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost is about being sent out in the Person and power of the Holy Spirit. In November 1856, a missionary by the name of Mrs. Coville came from England to Ballymena in Northern Ireland. And she was praying for a sick lady and a man named James McQuilkin overheard her prayers and her message of the gospel. He became convicted and started a prayer meeting with three friends right over my shoulder, in this, which was once the old schoolhouse. Every Friday night for one year, they prayed in this building. On New Year’s Day the following year, they seen their first convert. By the end of the year, 50 people had gathered in this old school house to pray. And here was the start of the 1859 revival.
By March, 1859, that old school house in Kells was too small for the Friday night prayer meetings. And the Reverend Buick of Second Ahoghill Presbyterian invited the man to his church. And it’s from here that the revival exploded. Prayer meetings without number, salvation in the streets, in the pubs, in the schools, and it traveled all the way to Belfast.
Acts chapter two, “And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, and they were all gathered in one accord and in one place, suddenly a sign came from heaven as of a mighty rushing wind. And it filled a whole house where they were sitting. There were what appeared on them as tongues of fire and it sat on each of them.” From Pentecost to the history of revivals in the past, the pattern has been the same. Men and women gather to pray, and they go out into the mission of God in the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.
From a Ahoghill, the revival came here, to Belfast, and in this very building in Barry Street, men shook under the power of God. And it is my prayer that through this short video, you will experience the power of Pentecost, gather with your friends to pray, and go out in the power of the Holy Spirit into the mission of God.
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