Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Discovery Place: Awaiting Pentecost ...

Just a few short weeks ago we all celebrated the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and we now find ourselves in Eastertide, awaiting the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Many churches across our denomination use the celebration of Pentecost to bring in new members or to confirm youth. Some churches will even have a birthday party to recognize the birthday of the Christian Church. All of this celebration is centered on the coming of the Holy Spirit. But what do we know about the Holy Spirit? Discovery Place has resources to help you explore this question. Here are just a few.

When God’s Spirit Moves: What happens when the Holy Spirit moves powerfully within a church? In this six-session DVD study, you’ll not only learn about the person of the Holy Spirit, you’ll also learn: How to make room for the work of the Spirit in your life and in your church; How the Spirit empowers you to be creative and honor God with your gifts and talents; How to listen in prayer and apply the Word of God; How the Spirit is active in the work of healing your body, your emotions, and your relationships; How your personal transformation leads to greater transformations in your community and around the world through the changed lives of believers; How your church can become a place where the message of the gospel is heard and people experience the life-giving power of a grace-filled community. Jim Cymbala shows us how to experience a fresh sense of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit: In this dynamic seven-session study, Francis Chan reminds us of the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and that without Him, we operate in our own strength, only accomplishing human-sized results. This resource offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives.

Basic: Holy Spirit: BASIC is a seven-part series of short films that challenge us to reclaim the church as Scripture describes it to be. #3: Holy Spirit: God gives each of us the gift of the Holy Spirit, our source of supernatural power. But today, the church acts neither “super” nor “natural.” How do we join the move of what the Spirit is doing? Maybe once we understand who the Holy Spirit is, the church can stop being so ordinary and can start being the agent of change in the world that God designed us to be.

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