By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). In Pastor Georges William Ntemi’s sermon delivered on the Day of Pentecost on Sunday, June 4, he brought the full impact of the meaning of Pentecost to bear on his congregation. Preaching from the podium of transfiguration, the power of the Holy Spirit showcased its presence in the blessed man of God, as he preached with scintillating gusto while explaining the importance of Pentecost and its relevance in the lives of believers.
As pointed out in Acts 2: 1-4, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were 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 on 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.”
After emphasizing that Acts is the fifth book of the New Testament, he asked the congregation to repeat the adverb “suddenly,” and stated, “When God wants to do something, it comes suddenly. The importation of Pentecost is for everybody. If you have faith and you believe, the Lord will do it for you. It is coming. Day of Pentecost is a day for harvest.”
Harvest time is blessing time, so Pastor Georges cited the Book of Ruth as symbolic of Pentecost because it was during the period of harvest that Boaz noticed the nobility of Ruth and fell in love with her from where she eventually became the grandmother of King David.
He noted that Pentecost comes fifty days after Easter and explained the mystery of the history of Pentecost. “Before Christ would ascend into Heaven, the disciples became disturbed. They saw hope disappearing. They thought with the bread of life, the miracle worker, the king of glory, the Prince of Peace leaving, there was nothing more for them to do, so they went back to their profession: fishing,” said Pastor Georges.
While fishing, Christ appeared to them, but the disciples thought he was a ghost. In order to allay their fears, Christ told them that ghosts don’t have flesh and bodies, after which he ate with them. Pastor Georges explains further in Luke 24: 45-47, “Then [Christ] opened their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures, and said unto them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer and rise again from the dead on the third day. And that repentance and remission of sins should be in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
Christ asked his disciples to leave Bethany, a place of sorrow and pain to Jerusalem, the city of peace, where they would receive the Holy Spirit. Luke 24: 48-49 says, “And ye are witness of these things. And behold I send the promise of my Father upon you but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.”
Before Christ left his disciples, he blessed them. Pastor Georges then told the congregation that blessing was coming their way, and he affirmed the truism that suffering, pain, and bitterness precede enjoyment. “Through pain and suffering, I have learned to worship the Lord. I have learned that without the Lord, I am nothing. Sometimes, pain is good because it teaches humility. Pentecost is power. It is the importation of the Holy Ghost. If you have not experienced it, pray for it.”
Pastor Georges reminded those pastors, who use the pulpit for their personal aggrandizement not to forget the Scripture and mend their ways. “If you have the Holy Spirit, you would have no limit. Because you know that person with you is the greatest; every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess to his greatness at the mention of his name in heaven above, on earth, and beneath it. The angels worship him and the devil is emasculated in his presence.”
The consul of God espoused prayer as a very powerful tool, because it is a communication between believers and God. “Prayer should not be your last choice; it must be your first choice. Pray at all times without ceasing. Open your mouth and pray when you are in the shower, in your car. You can also pray in your head when you are in your office. Prayer is the ultimate power that brings the devil to its knees.”
He continued: “Faith comes through hearing the word of God. The word is important; it’s your anchor. Read and hear the word and keep it in you; let it be with you at all times for your own good and protection.” Pastor Georges then posed rhetorically, “How often do you read the Bible? And, when you read it, do you believe it and act on it?”
Pastor Georges encouraged the membership of the Church, who can pray in tongues to utilize their skills to drive away the devil. “You are the master of your situation. Nothing should stop you from receiving what the Lord has in store for you. Stand in the name of Jesus, because power is coming to you. Suddenly, your sickness will disappear; suddenly, you will find a husband; suddenly, your finances will improve; suddenly, your problems will be solved. Trust in the Lord,” noted the consul of God in an evocative tone.
He encouraged the congregation to be steadfast in their faith so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. “It’s time to harvest the Holy Spirit. Seek the face of the Lord that you have received it. Stop whining. When you are blessed, some become so blind that they don’t see the person you have become. They don’t see the new glory; they see you as someone showing off.
“Show off your blessings. Be a testimony and reveal the glory of the Lord because the Church of the Lord is a place of testimony. The change will be sudden,” the blessed man of God preached in an emotional and evocative sermon that drew applause from the congregation intermittently and at the end.
In exemplification of the original Pentecost Day when 120 people received the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, Pastor Georges invited believers yet to be anointed with the Holy Spirit forward, and he prayed for them. Later in the day, the Social Events Ministry under the leadership of Mrs. Brigette Kamwa invited the Church to an afternoon of barbecue and other assorted foods as Sister Virginie and Brother Victor served customized smoothies.