The Holy Name of Jesus brings Pentecost, Inside and Out 

This collection of readings is deliberately “reading-focused” for those who visit us. That is, our intention is to provide study material about the Christian experiences which The FHN represents. These Christian teachings about Pentecost and the witness of ancient and contemporary Christians are not usually found in one place.

Please look at the “Community of FHN” page  for expanded information about our life,  mission, and Christian teaching. 

The Christian “Desert Tradition” is a single stream which includes immersion in Holy Scripture, the Jesus Prayer, contemplative prayer, and manifestations of the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit.

For the Fellowship of the Holy Name, the Christian witnesses of “classic” Christian saints—Macarius, Symeon the New Theologian, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila— are ultimately not different than the witness of “classical Pentecostals”—Smith Wigglesworth, Donald Gee, Dennis Bennett, and T.L. and Daisy Osborn.  This too is usually not taught in one place. 

Praying with the weekly scripture readings and short teachings of ancient and contemporary Christians, holds the promise of the apostolic New Testament “coming true” in our own lives and in the lives of our Christian communities. Signs and wonders, which have never ceased. Christian disciples must pray and minster in the Holy Spirit every bit as much as we proclaim the Gospel. Evangelism is not complete until there is a baptism in the Holy Spirit.

For The FHN, the objective reality of the Spirit’s gifts of wisdom, knowledge, prophecy, and discernment of spirits, is the living activity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, NOW.  With the same objective reality, tested in community, as the Spirit-inspired Bible. Our living experience of the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit is the continuing 29th Chapter of the Book of Acts, the longest chapter in the Christian community on earth. 

Jesus, the Spirit-filled Jesus, is the model charismatic for us.  His disciples are to do what He does.

The teachings found here are offered in the effort to make Christian Pentecostal disciples. 

Biblical Truths

 Jesus Christ 

He breathed upon them and said, “receive the Holy Spirit…”   John 20:22

 …For John baptized you with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit  

 Luke 1;5

 He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, “out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.” Now this he said to them about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.   John 7:38-39

 Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24

 If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.  John 14: 15-17

Theophan the Recluse   (19th C. Russia)

The Jesus Prayer takes a firm and steadfast hold when a small flame begins to burn in the heart. Try not to quench this fire, and it will become established in such a way that the prayer repeats itself; and then you will have within you a small murmuring stream     from The Art of Prayer

Burning in spirit… We all received grace in baptism and chrismation. Therefore we should burn in our spirit, which is animated by the grace of the Holy Spirit.  From The Art of Prayer

Only when this quickening power of grace comes will the inner work of the transformation of our life and character really begin.  from The Art of Prayer

But when the higher power of divine grace, flowing into the spirit, draws all these strands of effort in one and holds them in unity, then comes the fire of spiritual life. from The Art of Prayer

From now on the transfiguration or spiritualization of soul and body will begin as we share increasingly in the spirit of life that is in Jesus Christ.  from The Art of Prayer

The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology, Igumen Chariton, comp., Faber and Faber, 1966.

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