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Traditions

BY DAVID L. FAUSS

Tradition is a word sometimes used in a bad connotation when used with religious terms. Pentecostals usually use this term to describe other churches who rather than obey the Scripture follow tradition that has little to do with the true message of the church. When people tell us we have our set of traditions, our knee-jerk reaction is denial.
However, we do have traditions, and that is not necessarily bad.

Paul admonished the Thessalonians that they should “hold the traditions” that they had been taught (II Thessalonians 2:15). What traditions Paul specifically referred to would be interesting to know. The fact remains that tradition in itself is sometimes good.

A prominent minister once said, “I am not in a branch of Pentecost, I am in the stump.” I feel that we still have many around the United Pentecostal Church that go right back to the stump. The terms “merger, PCI, PA of JC” are still heard frequently in our circles. The people who use them usually have been around for more than a few years and remember the way it was then.

The times have changed much in the church. Some would say too much has changed and others feel that more change is inevitable. One of the most feared aspects of human life is change. It leaves us with an uncertainty toward the future.

My original license to preach dates back to 1971. I am grateful there has not been a drastic change in our basic belief system in that span of time. Some traditions in the Pentecostal church must never change. Traditions that are rooted in the Word of God must remain intact.

It is a tradition for our church to have a separated appearance. Though through the years some things may change, we should never dilute preaching of holiness in our pulpits. Whatever worldliness is in the future, the church should be separated from it.

It is traditional for our services to be lively and joyful occasions. Open and free worship dates back to brush arbor days. This one aspect of the Pentecostal service is probably the most notable to the outsider even in the 1990’s.

It is traditional for Pentecostal preaching to be poignant and convicting. My father tells of hearing my grandfather preach a message when he was a lad that stirred his young heart. The title was “The Conflict of the Ages,” a sermon about the Battle of Armageddon. Peter preached a message on the day of Pentecost that pricked the hearts of the hearers. The cutting edge of the church is the power of conviction in the pulpit. Sinners must be made to feel the need to reach out to God.

In the November 15, 1993, issue of Time Magazine, Evangelist Billy Graham stated he did not believe that Hell was a place of fire, but merely a separation from God. Most of the references about Hell in the Scripture (approximately fifty) include a reference to flames, fire and smoke. In the world of religion it may not be in vogue to preach a literal Hell but it should never be so in Pentecost. Preaching stirred me not to just need something better now, but to escape something much worse in the hereafter. Our desire from the pew should be “Preacher, tell it like it is!”

Does Pentecost have traditions? Sure we do and traditions are not always bad!

THE ABOVE MATERIAL WAS PUBLISHED BY APOSTOLIC ACCENT, OCTOBER 1999, PAGE 7. THIS MATERIAL IS COPYRIGHTED AND MAY BE USED FOR STUDY & RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY.

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Three Things Youth Workers Need To Be Good At

Three Things Youth Workers Need To Be Good At
Joshua Griffin

It is easy as youth workers to get bent out of shape when we don’t get recognized for something we did. There’s nothing more painful to be forgotten in the wake of the other initiatives and projects of the church. At times, affirmation seems to be elusive, in fact, sometimes we tend to feel that we hear only criticism.

Knowing and experiencing this reality on a regular basis should give youth workers cause to develop these muscles to be used on a regular basis. Here are three things you probably don’t get enough of that we need to make sure as youth workers we give out generously:

Follow up

Who needs a call back this week? What email has been sitting in the bottom of your inbox that needs a reply? What made it on your task list, but sits there with persistence week after week? Who did you promise something to, but haven’t delivered on? Follow-up is a scare commodity in our fast-paced, disorganized world.

Thank you’s

Who needs a note from you this week? Can you crank out a couple emails that would mean the world to people who receive them? Who did something for you that needs to be appreciated? Build this into your routine of the week, or chances are you’re unintentionally burning bridges behind you if you say nothing after the ask.

Affirmation

To me this is different than thank you’s – thank you’s are for people who have given you something and need to be appreciated for something they did. Affirmation is for who someone is. It is an appreciation of their legacy and character that is making an impact. Affirmation is also ultra powerful way to build up someone’s self-esteem.

Take a second and create a short list of people who need one of these actions this week.

The article “Three Things Youth Workers Need to Be Good At” written by Joshua Griffin was excerpted from www.simplyyouthministry.com web site, September 21st, 2009.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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