Christian Methodist Episcopal Church - Starrville
            

A Word From Pastor Cain






 Eastertide: In the Name of Jesus …And in the Power of the Holy Spirit
 
Scripture: Acts 4:32 – 35
 
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
 
Reflections:
 
Easter isn’t just a single day in the Christian Year. It’s a season of 50 days, starting with celebration of the resurrection of Jesus celebrated on Easter 1, and concluding with the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that catalyzed the birth of the church on Pentecost (the 50th day!).
 
During Lent the church forms persons in the habits, the core behaviors, of discipleship. During Eastertide, the church forms people in the key doctrines of the faith and prepares us to claim the gifts of the Spirit for their ministry as Christ’s disciples and apostles to the world. Put another way, if the 40 days of Lent were to grow us into His likeness, the 50 days of Easter are boot camp preparing persons to live out the gifts and ministries the Spirit has birthed in us in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
In the book of Acts, we learn that the church is one entity, learning that they are one in Christ, and one in the Faith.  We have all things in common and we depend on each other to meet the needs of the community.  The Acts church reveals to us that we are foundationed in the Love of Christ; that same Christ who’s Resurrection we just celebrated. 
 
The season of Eastertide is the period of the believer’s life that attach legs to our faith.  Now that the celebration has ended, we activate our faith to live out our salvation (faith without works is dead). Those who thought that Easter would be the conclusion must now come to grips with the fact that we have only just begun. Work out your faith with fear and trembling…
 
Prayer:
 
God our Father, who blessed us with the wonders of Resurrection Sunday, we come to You Dear Lord, to help us to live out our belief.  We recognize that the journey of this life is ongoing, and as we go, we must represent You in Spirit and in Truth. Cause us God to come to understand that we are one in the Spirit… one in the Lord. Let us live out that oneness in loving with the understanding that we need one another. Amen! 



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