This Pentecost, as I think about the mighty, rushing wind that invoked the followers of Christ to speak and live lives of love - real love; I am on the lookout for signs of this love today - hearts ablaze for the sake of love.
I think what is needed to not simply revive the Church to love - but reorient our focus, to Christ"s starting place to love. This Pentecost season, how can the "Church" live in ways that embody the parting words of Christ…"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another."
If you are sharing this podcast episode with a small group or church community, here are some questions to ask about Pentecost, the "church" and Christ's call to love:
1. Is the church and “Christians” known by the way we love well? Why or why not?
2. Are our hearts ablaze with the Holy Spirit to live into this call to love? Where have your witnessed this "fire" of love?
3. When your friends hear the word “Church", what is their/your response?
4. As you learn about God as the original hearth-tender - how might your/and our your community engage in practical hearth-tending where you are?
(You can find the account of Pentecost in the Bible in the book of Acts, Chapter 2.)
Song "Cleansing Fire" copyright T.L. Eastman 2019
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