After the Day of Pentecost, the apostles of Jesus walked in power and authority as a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit. That same Spirit still empowers believers today. I’ve heard that the spiritual gifts that the apostles had were only for the first-century church. But God didn’t...
Merciful Lord, we thank you for blessing us with the gifts of the Spirit that unite us with other believers. Your gifts empower us to continue the work of Jesus. Help us recognize, develop, and exercise these gifts. Amen.
Many contemporary Christians wrestle with the theology of the Holy Spirit. Some are perceived as emphasizing the Spirit too much, while others talk about the Spirit only vaguely or even not at all. Both extremes can mislead us. The Spirit is powerful and active, and we understand the role of the Spirit within larger truths about God and God’s activities in the world. God empowers the disciples on Pentecost by the Spirit, and the psalmist emphasizes the role of the Spirit in creation. Paul tells the Corinthians that the Spirit enables us to recognize Jesus as Lord and serve one another. Jesus gives the power of the Spirit to his disciples. May we also seek God’s help in receiving the power of the Spirit to serve and reach those far from God.
Read Acts 2:1-21. What moments from your lifetime might you consider Pentecost moments? How have you seen the Spirit empowering God’s people in these moments or movements?Read Psalm 104:24-34, 35b. When have you experienced God’s rhythm of withholding and releasing? How can your breath remind you of your place in this rhythm of creation?Read 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13. How does your faith guide you to a tension between sameness and difference that might help you create a diverse unity among your family or faith community?Read John 20:19-23. How does your relationship with Christ help you break through fear?
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