Table Talk: Week of May 20, 2018

Whether or not your children were able to make it to Sunday school, you can still engage them in this week’s story. Please read the summary, look up the story online, in your bible, or a children’s bible, and begin the discussion. Increasing your child’s biblical knowledge will be foundational in their faith development. What a gift to provide a child! Adults also reap the benefit of digging in deeper to these stories.

A Spirit-Filled Pentecost

Pentecost is the Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held of the seventh Sunday after Easter. Theologically, the Christian church begins to take shape when the Holy Spirit fills those who believe in Jesus as the Messiah.

Once there was a large tower and the people building it thought it was so grand and tall, when the Lord came down to see it he was unhappy and thought the people didn’t need Him.

He scattered the people everywhere, in every land. It was much harder to communicate.

Much later, God sent Jesus to come save the world from sin. He died and rose to heaven.

The followers of Jesus were all in one place when they heard a sound like a mighty wind rushing in to be with them. They felt like their mouths were on fire and suddenly it didn’t matter that they all spoke a different language. The disciples became apostles and they went out into the world to tell His story.

The story of Pentecost seeks to communicate how important the church is and how inseparable it is from Christ.

Vocabulary Word

  • Ascension: the ascent of Christ into heaven on the 40th day after the resurrection.

Table Talk Questions

  • How do you think the Holy Spirit helps churches today?
  • What was that noise (the sound of the rush of a violent wind)? What could that mean?
  • Why do Christians celebrate Pentecost as the birthday of the church?
  • Why do we use the color red on the day of Pentecost?