Pentecostal worship is not often called or thought of as liturgical worship. However, when we view Pentecostal worship through the lens of liturgy, we can better grasp the ways in which the Pentecostal movement communicates with God. Here are some ideas on how Pentecostals are liturgical and how we can better create space for our worship and communication with God.
Through the reading of the story of the 5,000 in John 6 we see that using Jesus to usher in the kingdom that we want leads to idolatrous ideology. The 5,000’s idolatry was redefining sonship by political means, making Jesus into a messiah they wanted, the very same ideology that we can fall into today. The integrity of the life of Christ lies in the means of his life, not just the goal. How he brings in the kingdom affects the very nature of the kingdom itself! How do we as the church understand and know Jesus without making his Messiahship and His Kingdom into what we want?
There appears to be an increasing tendency for believers to overlook the importance of reading and studying the Old Testament. However, without the Old Testament, how can we fully grasp the New? Reading the Old Testament is vital for the life of a believer. Here are some thoughts on how and why followers of Christ should deeply read these life giving texts.
Leadership is about hearts and minds, about empowering people but not controlling them. The leader’s job is to facilitate increased learning, trust, and understanding. What does it look like to be a transformational leader and how can we help the church, not just it’s pastors, to be transformation leaders as well?