“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17 NIV)
In Edward Hammett’s new book, Recovering Hope for Your Church: Moving Beyond Maintenance and Missional to Incarnational Engagement, he challenges us in the preface to moving forward-
Moving Forward calls us to be people of God, not just good people.
Moving forward calls us to be people of faith, not just people of tradition.
Moving forward calls us to be holy people who follow God rather than hollow people who are empty vessels.
Moving forward calls us to pray without ceasing rather than pretending to pray so we can stay the same.
Moving forward calls us to study Scripture to be transformed anew rather than symbolically studying Scripture so we can preserve our class fellowship and convince others we are spiritually mature.
Moving forward means rediscovering and recommitting to why we do what we do, and for whom we do it.
Moving forward means listening and following God rather than listening to sermons and being spectators in worship.
I want to challenge this week to a new mindset as the Spirit leads you to see visions and dream dreams! What would Sunday School/Bible study look like if we lived into the statements above? What would need to change in your life and the lives of others in your class? Share these statements in your adult classes this week. Encourage them to form prayer partners to pray for the Spirit to move you to incarnational ministry.