• Friday , 22 September 2017

Pentecost and the Naming of The Upper Room


No scripture speaks to the work of The Upper Room more than Acts 2:1-4, which will be read in many churches on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016. In this passage, the Holy Spirit moved among the disciples in the biblical Upper Room and all of people outside began speaking in—and understanding—various languages.

When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
– Acts 2:1-4 (Common English Bible)

In 1934, when The Upper Room daily devotional guide was in the planning stages, Dr. Grover Emmons, one of the key leaders of the initiative heard a sermon based on Acts 2 about the power of God descending on Jesus’ disciples as they prayed in an upper room. At that moment Dr. Emmons was inspired: the magazine would be called The Upper Room.

Today, every day, millions of people around the world gather to pray and read The Upper Room in 100 countries, in 35 languages: online, in print, in braille, with an audio version. The same Holy Spirit that moved among the disciples is moving today: changing lives, connecting people in surprising ways, bringing people closer to God.

Listen to the Acts 2 passage read by Upper Room staff in five different languages, as compiled and shared by Alive Now editor Beth Richardson on her blog in 2011. Click here. 


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