Magazine article Anglican Journal

More to Come

Magazine article Anglican Journal

More to Come

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WE HAVE BEEN looking at the prophecy of Joel, a passage that St. Peter used to explain the meaning of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost: Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Peter, as we have seen, was not only explaining what was happening right in front of them, he was also unveiling the future of God's work among us through the Holy Spirit. We have traced this trajectory, so far, in our grace-given capacity for dreams and visions and in expansion of the ministry of women in recent decades.

Though we can point to these examples, we are led to believe that there is more to come, specifically in its reference to the ministry of youth. Ido believe it is coming. When you gather with young people, you can see the reflection of a new future in their eyes. It is now our urgent honour, grace and task to welcome the fullness of this youthful movement of the Spirit into our contemporary Christian community and life.

How are we to assist the uncovering of this prophetic promise? I believe there are a few critical elements.

Our Christian community must become gospel-based and centred, as opposed to institutionally based and centred. …

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