In 2017, Power Season is May 25-August 6. Here are some basics. Don't get lost in the details. Read a little. SYNC a lot.
Why/how it works
Key power story
Pentecost, Acts 2.1-11
Key power phrase in the Lord's Prayer
"Your kingdom come" (or “May your reign begin in us. May your power empower us.”)
Key power verse in the New Testament
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1.8
Key power verse in the Old Testament
"But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf." Mic. 5.2, quoted in Mt. 2.6 about Jesus' birth in Bethlehem
Acts, 1 + 2 Corinthians, Colossians
Judges, Ruth, 1 + 2 Samuel, 1 + 2 Kings, Amos, Obadiah, Micah
Your goal during Power Season
Being empowered, that is, becoming more than you can become on your own, and doing more than you can do on your own. You are letting the Holy Spirit turn you into a signal of his presence and power.
Power Declaration to get on your mind
This is a Pentecost day, and we have power.
Note: Start each day in Power Season by making this Declaration. As a person in SYNC with Jesus, you are authorized to declare this, so use your authority. Shape your world. Make your day.
Power Prayer that SYNCs us with the Declaration
Make us a signal of the Spirit's power. Let it work. Let it work. Let it work. (Note: the Declaration and Prayer are on the Power Season meme.)
A dove coming down. Symbolic color for Power Season is white, representing both the Dove (the Holy Spirit) and the Lamb (Jesus, the "sacrificed lamb" on the throne of heaven, Rev. 5.6)
The big idea behind the Power Declaration
Jesus came to change the world, but not through ordinary power channels or through ordinary religious teaching. He used spiritual power. When he left earth and took universal power as King on his throne in heaven, the first thing he did was to send his power back down onto his followers by sending his Holy Spirit onto them. That changed them, and it changes us today. We continue his mission of changing the world through spiritual power of Christ.
SYNC power does not mean we get to govern anything or push anybody around. Jesus does not share or delegate his power to rule. To remind us that his power is not ordinary power, he left us with two very strange "power symbols"--a dove and a lamb!
The Power Declaration
This is a Pentecost day, and we have power.
What it means
On the Jewish feast of Pentecost, ten days after Jesus ascended to be installed on the throne of heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit down onto his followers to give them power to be his witnesses. His healing power continued to work through them, showing that they were not making this up. His Spirit was making his followers united, bold, and persuasive. They were not discouraged by his departure but empowered by his presence through the Spirit.
How it brings security and significance
Because of the Holy Spirit in us and among us, we can do this—we can actually become more like Christ and represent him and his power to people.
The sneaky cultural assumption it exposes
Religion is about trying to become a better person.
Truth in the assumption
People who honor God should be better people than people who don’t.
God’s corrections to the assumption
Religion is not about us trying harder. It is about Jesus’ power at work in us, changing us from the inside out so we can testify and demonstrate that he is alive and working. This is the point of Pentecost.
The philosophical lie God exposes
Religion is a matter of trying to be a better person and make a better world. All religions are the same in this sense. Pentecost never happened, or if it did, it makes no difference today.
The insecurity and suffering the lie brings if not exposed
A permanent guilt trip, knowing we always fell a little short
Pride about what we did right
Judgmentalism of those who didn’t do as well as we did
Response in our character Confidence. What we understand, strategize, work at, and achieve is not the key to changing the world. This is not a human project. It is God's project, and the key is the spiritual power we have because the Holy Spirit is among us and in us. Our confidence is that God can be trusted to get his work done. We trust him to plug us in wherever he chooses.
Overview of Power Season
The three "power holidays" on the traditional calendar of Christians:
Ascension Day, Pentecost, and the Feast of Transfiguration.
Is SYNC like "spirit possession" but in a good way?
Yes and no. Yes, an unseen being or force is affecting you, but no, "possession" is not the right word for it.