"We Missed your Birthday? OH NO!"
The events of Pentecost take place in Acts 2. However, the following passage comes from Acts 1:12-25:
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick F2 let another take. 21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
The term used for "church" in the New Testament is Ekklesia,and is defined as "a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly". In verse 15, we see that there were 120 disciples of Jesus gathered together, which is what we expect church members to do on Sunday mornings. They were meeting in Jerusalem, in accordance to what Jesus told them, which is what we expect followers of Jesus to do. In verse 14, we see them praying together, which is what we expect church members to do on Sunday mornings. They have a leader who addresses them in verses 15 through 22, which is what we expect church leaders to do on Sunday mornings. That leader quotes from Scriptures during that address, which is what we expect church leaders to do all the time when it comes to discussing church issues. A problem is pointed out, two candidates are put forth, and a choice via lot is made, which is what we expect Churches to do when faced with a vacant position.
Per The Duck Test, this IS a church. Since this meeting is taking place before the events of Acts 2, it follows that Pentecost is NOT the birthday of the Church.
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