MAY 28, 2023
10:30 AM (+ kids + communion)
FIVE SHIFTS OF TRUE REVIVAL + REFORMATION
A reformation is a period of recalibration and course-correction. Any community around for as long as the church will experience inevitable drift over time. Yet the Spirit has worked again and again throughout history to draw the church back toward its center. Key moments come when particular ideas and practices are rethought and core truths are rediscovered.
Rapid cultural and technological change, clergy scandals, church divisions, and political turmoil have resulted in a period where “deconstruction” is the buzzword. Many Christians find themselves rethinking their faith, and many outside the church dismiss Christianity as having nothing true or relevant left to say to the world.
THIS SUNDAY: Shift 4.5 Pentecost, The Spirit Shift
Acts 1:1-8, Acts 2:1-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
The fourth element of this new Jesus-centred move of God is: “A clarified purpose and a fresh empowerment The Holy Spirit empowers us to partner in God’s work of reconciling all things.” This Sunday, the church celebrates the birth of the church at the sending of the Holy Spirit. This start was marked by physical sensations and the strange gift of speaking in words and sounds the speaker did not learn. What can we learn about the strange gift of Speaking in Tongues for today?
Five Shifts: More of a Restoration to Early Church
Shift 1: A different way of reading scripture
The mystical life is normal Christian Life... “Mystical experiences are not foreign to scriptural tradition but are the norm within scriptural tradition. These mystics found in Scripture—and I only mentioned ten, there are many more—are witnesses to the possibility of mystical experiences in our own lives.… By ‘mystics,’ we simply mean a person who seeks, and at some level attains, a direct experience within the mystery of God.” (Zahnd, WETOF, 125).
REVIEW THE APPLICATION - Now What?
Max Lucado Video: https://youtu.be/N9M-LI1SdFM
What's Up with Speaking in Tongues?
For Discussion and Reflection