A way for leaders to help all ages explore the reading.
What does a loaf of bread start out as? Do you know the key ingredient that makes the bread rise? What does bread look like if none of this ingredient (i.e. yeast) has been added?
We can think of the Holy Spirit as being God’s yeast. The Early Church broke out – it rose up – at Pentecost in response to this key ingredient. But it wasn’t easy. People laughed at the disciples. Others tried to make trouble for them. However, this personal experience of being touched by God’s Spirit inspired them. It made them bolder and gave them confidence to talk about Jesus, and to overcome the difficulties that they faced. Without the Spirit – like the loaf without yeast – things would have continued to be very flat!
Two thousand years later, what can we do to make sure that we, the Church, do not turn out flat? How can we let the Holy Spirit touch and fill our lives? What things might the Spirit give us confidence and boldness to do? Are there some practical steps we might take right now?
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