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A Pentecostal Summer by Jason Edwards

The Easter season culminates with Pentecost Sunday, this year on June 9. Pentecost is considered the birthday of the church, since this was the day when the wind and fire of the Spirit both filled and rested upon the early church, stirring them up, bonding them together, and sending them out to be Christ’s witnesses in the world. It seems somewhat fitting this year that, with a late Easter, our Pentecost celebration syncs up well with the rising heat and blowing breeze of summer. With this image experientially before us, I wonder what it might mean for each of us to embrace this summer season with a Pentecostal spirit? 

The Pentecostal pattern of Christian community portrayed in Acts 2:42-47 provides possible prompts:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

1.  They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching…

My role always calls me to study scripture deeply, weekly. Recently, however, I’ve been following a Biblical reading plan that has me regularly engaging parts of the Bible I don’t regularly read. This has been enriching and energizing. Is there a community group, study group, or Bible reading plan you might invest in during these summer months God might use to enrich and energize you spiritually?

2.  They devoted themselves to…. the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…

During the summer the staff hosts lunch each Tuesday at an area restaurant with the hope that these meals might prompt sacred fellowship. Sometimes providing space is all that’s needed for this to happen. In the midst of summer’s altered pace, might you offer spaces where others could experience holy community through the prayerful and playful breaking of bread? 

3.  They sold their property and possessions to give to those who had need. Every day they continued to meet together (with glad and sincere hearts), praising God…

The early church grew through generous, sacrificial, grateful community. Perhaps this summer could be a season where you commit to renewing generosity. How might you give of your financial resources to the church, through the church, and as an ambassador of Christ’s church in a way that might bless God and others? And, are there new ways you might generously serve in these summer months that might enrich the life of the church and world through enriching the lives of others? There are opportunities to serve children through VBS, Masterpiece Arts Camp, and worship childcare (to name a few) in the summer. Mission trips and service opportunities are sprinkled throughout these hot months. If you’re looking for a place to start, reach out to Karen Rogers (missions coordinator), Gwen Phillips (Children’s Pastor), Kim Halfhill (Engagement Coordinator), or any of our other ministry team members. 

4.  The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. 

When we live fully into our whole-life commitment to Christ and Christ’s church, witness happens. Are there other ways you might more fully give yourself to God this summer, ways God might use to spread the gospel through word, deed, and devotion? 

God knows. Wouldn’t you like to find out? 

Jason Edwards, 
Senior Pastor

Posted by Jason Edwards at 6:00 AM
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