They say that for evangelicals it is all about the cross. So what about me then for whom it is all about the cross, the resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit?
I have begun to realise how important particularly is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In Joel 2, we are promised that this will happen and in Acts 2 it does. Without the Holy Spirit, I am not sure how we could come to know God, and Jesus tells us he absolutely had to go to the Father in order for this to happen. Jesus' influence has gone world-wide since the outpouring, whereas before this it was limited to his home geography. So why doesn't the average, middle-of-the-road Anglican church make more of this event, celebrate it, teach it, welcome the Spirit? I just don't get it, surely it's the most amazing thing, alongside the incarnate Son of God and his victory over death to have happened since the beginning of time, pre-time even. How do we more effectively convey the magnificence of this event? How do we encourage our brothers and sisters to eagerly desire the Spiritual gifts, to welcome the Spirit to take up residence in their lives? Anyone got any ideas before I turn pentecostal? ;-)