This Sunday we began our new 10 week worship series, “The Glory of a Resurrected Church.” According to extensive international research by Natural Church Development (1000 churches in six continents over a 10 year period), healthy growing churches have a higher love quotient on average than stagnant or declining churches. That research tells us that when the quality of loving relationships is high in a church there is no longer a need to focus on quantitative growth (increased attendance). No scientific methodology can actually measure love itself, but we can measure the practical expressions of love. Galatians 5:22-23 is one of the classical biblical texts on the essence of love. These fruits of the Spirit are different expressions of the essential nature of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love: but is expressed through 8 qualities - joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is but one fruit, love, whose conceptual richness can be expressed through these eight qualities. Such an understanding lends itself well to the all-encompassing nature of divine love as described in Scripture. What is your love quotient? Come and explore the development of the fruit of love in your life!
Sermon Theme: “Pentecost Sunday: The Spirit of Truth”
Scripture: Acts 2, John 14:8-17
Overview: Over the last six weeks since Easter we engaged the topic of living into the glory of the resurrected life. One inherent truth in our resurrection stories is that if you are going to be somewhere, we must fully be there. Our future has nothing to do with getting somewhere we think we need to be. It has to do with the awareness that getting there means being here. Be where you are; don’t always plan the destination; look at where you are; and keep moving. That’s the secret of life. See everything around you in this moment and then you’ll see everything around you tomorrow. And that is the call to the Church of Pentecost, to live into the glory of a resurrected church. That Pentecostal Spirit challenges us to be the sign of God’s reign on earth. But in order to do that effectively first we must first understand the history of the work of that Pentecost Spirit. The reign of God calls for a radical openness to God’s rule. The mission and ministry of the church must remain open to this process so that we may be open to the vision of our true identity in Jesus Christ, and seek to embody the fruits of the Spirit.