Magazine article Anglican Journal

Dreaming Dreams

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Dreaming Dreams

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And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.

Your young men shall see visions. Your old men shall dream dreams. (Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17)

AS PETER SPOKE to the crowds on the day of Pentecost, quoting the words of Joel, he gave a stirring description of what he believed would be the day-to-day reality of the church until Jesus returned.

To many of us, reality seems to lag far behind this expansive hope. But Peter insists that day revealed a truth about who we are in Christ, a truth that he expected would always be present among us.

All of the roles Peter speaks of are vital to our church. We need people of vision and courage, young and old, men and women, but more than anything, we need elders to dream dreams.

Anyone at any age can dream dreams. Only the elders can interpret them with the knowledge and balance that comes with the wisdom of experience. …

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