Now there were Jews staying in Jerusalem, devout people from every nation under heaven. When this sound occurred, a crowd came together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded and amazed, saying, “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? How is it that each of us can hear them in our own native language?”
This miracle was just as much a miracle of hearing and understanding as it was a miracle of speaking other languages. What was spoken was understood. Highlands is currently offering translations of our sermons in five languages. This is amazing! However, we reside in one of the most culturally diverse areas in the United States. Let’s reach even more.
Cultural diversity in a church is more difficult when there is a language barrier keeping us from communicating with the older generations who do not yet know English. As we have just read, though, our God obliterates language barriers.
So, in this tradition, reach deliberately across cultural and racial lines to share the gospel with the lost in our community! Let us become more and more diverse as a church because of evangelistic efforts in the tradition of the New Testament Church’s birth at Pentecost. Even if there is a language barrier and perhaps even because there is a language barrier, reach out to your neighbors, coworkers, family members, and friends. Invite them to Highlands Community Church and reach out to our staff to tell us what languages we need. God will provide translators who take the torch of the Holy Spirit’s translating fire and use their translating abilities to do just what the Spirit did in today’s text!
Is God calling you to learn a new language to carry the gospel to those we have yet to reach? Have you been underestimating just how many could be reached by this gospel?
Pray: Ask God to further diversify our church in the tradition of Pentecost. Pray BIG!!!