Church on Fire

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

“They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…” Acts 2:3, 4a


One Saturday morning as I was getting ready to go over to the church in Cuba City (my parsonage was across an alley from the church) I heard fire sirens…that wasn’t unusual as I lived near Main St where the fire house was located. But the sirens started getting louder. In fact they sounded like they were right outside my back door. My phone rang, it was the custodian. He said, “When I opened the door to check the basement, there was all this smoke. So I called 911.” I hurried to the church. It turned out to be a small electrical fire, more smoke than fire.

The church in the book of Acts was a Church on fire…not a literal fire…but they were a people set ablaze by the Holy Spirit. The Church was alive and on the move.

The church in Acts is a people filled with God’s Spirit and excitement, a people with energy and motivation. When the Holy Spirit came on the early disciples, they became an unstoppable force…they had momentum! Momentum can be defined as “the impetus of a moving object, strength or force that keeps growing.”

Filled with the Holy Spirit, the church continued to grow and could not be stopped … the religious and government establishment couldn’t stop them, persecution couldn’t stop them, ethnic barriers couldn’t stop them, geographic barriers couldn’t stop them…. They couldn’t be stopped even by a lack of vision from a few people inside the church. They boldly went forward as the Spirit directed them, bringing life and hope in the name of Jesus Christ. Isn’t that what we want to be doing as Antigo United Methodist Church?

During the month of May, we will be looking at the stories of the early church from the book of Acts, to see what lessons we can learn about momentum, and how we as a church can make a better impact in our community.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Debbie