Pentecost—the day an incomparable wind blew in the earth and empowered ordinary men to do supernatural things. On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020, Charlie Dates of Chicago Progressive Baptist Church preached a sermon titled “I Can’t Breathe” in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. In the midst of the chaos, confusion, anger, frustration, and division that defines our country and our world currently, Dates called believers to first recognize the nature of breath as God-given and sustained by Christ. Yet it remains fragile and succumbs to the evil of sinful men. Therefore, in this significant moment in history, it is necessary for men and women—sustained by supernatural breath—to stand and proclaim the grace of Christ for which our world desperately longs so that the words “I can’t breathe,” too often uttered by black brothers and sisters, might no longer be repeated but replaced with words of praise and glory to God.

Genesis 2:7:

Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

John 14:15–17:

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

John 20:21–22:

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 2:1–2:

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.


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