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Do Pentecost

By Leonard Sweet

The Holy Spirit speaks through broken people to a broken world, using language every broken heart can hear and understand.

Because we know what it is like to be broken by hatred, we can speak of the healing love of Christís sacrifice.

Because we know what it is like to be broken by despair, we can speak of the healing hope of Christís forgiveness.

Because we know what it is like to be broken by doubt, we can speak of the healing faith in Christís promises.

Because we know what it is like to be broken by illness, we can speak of the healing wholeness of Christís resurrection.

Because we know what it is like to break down doing church ó program church, purpose-driven church, seeker-sensitive church, organic church, missional church, NCD church, simple church, we can stop doing church and start doing Pentecost.

The church of Jesus Christ is alive and well. In fact, Christianity is still the fastest growing religion in the world. But itís growing not in the North and West, but in the South and East. Why the difference? Why is Christianity surging in the South and East and not in North America and Europe?

Because where the body of Christ is growing the people arenít trying to do church. Theyíre doing Pentecost. Maybe itís time for us as a church to stop relying on our own powers and programs, our blueprints and boilerplates, and start doing what these early disciples did: trust the Spirit and do Pentecost.


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