Ancient Wisdom: April 27, 2014 (Year A)

Read:  Acts 2:14, 22-32

Meditation: “Taking It To The Street”

Theologians call it the Kerygma.  Essentially, it is the core message the early Christians developed to “proclaim Christ.”  Today’s lesson can be viewed from the vantage point of content/doctrine.  But it can also be seen from the vantage point of passion.

From this angle, the point is that the Gospel was too good to be kept secret.  It was a message for the world, not just for the emerging church.  The once-popular song, “Takin’ It To The Streets” captures the feeling that the Gospel created in the 120 in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost.

So, here is the obvious question: “What passion does the Gospel create in us?”  If it is the pentecostal variety, it will be to make Christ know beyond the walls, on the streets, and in the lives of those who need to experience God.  How we answer the question will help us gage our investment in the faith we profess.

It is good that we are asked to consider this on the first Sunday after Easter.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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