In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young will see visions. Your elders will dream dreams. Even upon my servants, men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. -Acts 2:17-18
Imagine the prophet for a moment. If you are like me, you imagine somebody like John the Baptist. Living in the wilderness, eating locusts for food, wearing a men’s size 34 camel hair sports coat. That doesn’t scream attainable to me. Although my local tailor would probably be happy to make me a nice sports coat. This image isn’t exactly helpful if we think we should prophets in our own time. And those who do think they are prophets aren’t helpful either. Our models seem to be either Harold Camping or some self righteous do-gooder.
Capturing the Imagination of the Church for Today
We the church have powerful imaginations, but sometimes those imaginations get in the way of being faithful Christians. We use our imaginations to worry about perceived threats to the Church’s cultural power. However we often fail to discuss our good dreams and visions that God is calling us to today. We believe that when Pentecost came all God’s people had the Holy Spirit poured out on them. And this was not the Holy Spirit for a few select leaders to access, this was the Holy Spirit for young and old. This was a gift for the church. Are we using our gift?
The East End Missional Community was borne out of dreams and visions. They have been foggy at times and have had to be constantly formed and reformed. In the upcoming class Your Young Shall See Visions and Your Elderly Shall Dream Dreams, I want to share more about my story in the East End and talk about the dreams and the visions that went into and came out of the ministry in the East End.
The class will not stop there. Most importantly, this will be a space for you to chart out your own dreams and visions. What is God calling you to learn more about? Who is God calling you toward? What do you need to proclaim? We will have 3 sessions, I hope you can make one. And please RSVP, we are limited to 10 people per session.
September 15th: Solidarity
How do we learn the lesson that we all belong to each other? How do we stand with our neighbors?
October 20th: Now/Not Yet
When you look to see if you visions and dreams can become a reality, maybe it feels impossibly far away, or maybe they seem just right there for you take up. We live in the paradox of Now/ Not Yet.
November 17th: The Advocate
The Holy Spirit is also called the advocate. We learn from Jesus that the advocate is meant to sustain us. When we do the work of dreaming and visioning, how do we continue to be sustained by the Holy Spirit?
RSVP to Paul firstname.lastname@example.org