For a while at least my blog is going to be about what it means to me to be Pentecostal, as a Christian, as a husband and father and as a minister–sometimes I will attempt to unpack the scripture–other times I will simply speak from my heart. Today is the later,
I’m a Christian. I’m Pentecostal. Passionately Pentecostal. I believe the Biblical gifts of the Spirit are available for the strengthening of the Church of today. I believe in Spirit anointed prayer, Spirit anointed preaching and Spirit anointed evangelism. I believe in the Pentecostal distinctive of speaking in tongues. I believe that Pentecost is specifically designed by God to be the fuel for the global missions movement. I believe God the Holy Spirit wants to interact with and sometimes interrupt our corporate worship services in a tangible, demonstrative, supernatural way.
I understand that not every Christian interprets the New Testament the same way as I do. I get that, and I love the body of Christ way too much to take a “my way or the highway” approach in this matter. This post is not an attempt to “convert” non-Pentecostal Christians to some “higher” or “better” brand of Christianity, it’s to address those within my own tradition, and challenge them to doctrinal fidelity and practical, biblical expressions of our beliefs and convictions in our small groups and corporate worship events. My heart is to challenge Pentecostals to be Pentecostal.
1) Regularly teach the scripture concerning the person and work of the Holy Spirit. 2) Pray for authentic, biblical Pentecostal expressions in your worship services. 3) Be ready to actively pastor and intentionally lead people toward scriptural responses to the leading of the Holy Spirit (both to correct and edify if necessary). 4) Cultivate an atmosphere of waiting on, listening to, and engaging God the Holy Spirit–in other words, give Him an opportunity to move.
5) Keep the attention on Jesus–authentic Pentecostal expression will always glorify the Son of God–it will not push aside the proclamation of the Gospel–it will, and it must, lay the ground work for the preaching of the Cross of Jesus Christ.
Let God the Holy Spirit help you do ministry. Be Creative. Be Relevant. Be Passionate. Be Pentecostal.