If you’re new to Crosswalk, then let me be among the first to introduce you to one of our three core values; Experience. There are many things wrapped up in this value, like excellence, intentionality, creativity, talent, and beauty.

But we’re not the first to value this concept within the religious world. In the Old Testament, God instructed the Israelites to worship in such a way, celebrate feasts in such a way, and create rhythms to their life in such a way so that they could remember their God. He wanted them to remember how He led them and blessed them in the past, in hopes to assure them that He’s with them in the present, and remind them of all He’s promised to do in their future.

For the next five weeks, we’re going to reflect on The Experience from the lens of the birth of the early church. The book of Acts is the second volume of work from the Physician, Luke, who though not an eye-witness to the story of Jesus, he spent countless hours learning the stories, investigating the claims, and writing it all down so that all people had access to Jesus.

Through this journey, we’ll see miracle after miracle. We’ll witness God’s power show up mightily. And if we use our imaginations to enter into the story, we might just taste the excitement of the experience the first followers had as the Spirit moved, and the gospel spread, from 12 followers of Jesus, to over 9 million in just 300 years. It’s going to be an amazing ride.

So buckle up, hold on, and let’s enjoy watching the first followers experience the Spirit and the power of the resurrection.

Pastor Paddy McCoy, Crosswalk Portland - Lead Pastor