This Sunday: Interrupted by Pentecost

May 19th, 2015 | John Chandler


On Sunday, we’ll take a bit of a different angle at our “Summer of Hospitality.”

For the last few weeks, we’ve been delving into the question “What does it mean for Austin Mustard Seed to be a people of hospitality?” With Pentecost upon us, we’ll look at this question from a different perspective:

Are we ready to be hospitable to God?

At it’s most basic, hospitality requires our willingness to be interrupted. Pentecost is the story of God’s big interruption.

Jesus describes it here:

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
John 16:8-9

To even the most passionate believer, these words sound a little harsh.

To the hopeful skeptic, well, they just sound like supernaturally-driven religious judgmentalism.

So, what does it mean to be interrupted by God?