The same Spirit at work in Jesus
works in you.
Come, Holy Spirit:
A discipleship travel log
for Easter to Pentecost
When was the last time you prayed for the Holy Spirit? The person and work of the Spirit sometimes seem mysterious, if not confusing. We pray to the Father and the Son while the Spirit often remains behind the scenes, a silent partner in God’s Work in the world. But the Scriptures envision so much more.
Over the course of 40 days, this Discipleship Travel Log explores the role of the Spirit as a sculptor who shapes us to look more like Jesus. The daily Scripture readings, devotions, and prayers help you lean into the work of the Spirit in your everyday life.
This Book will help you…
Try Something New
You will be equipped and encouraged to run discipleship experiments and find a tool to take with you on your journey of faith.
Find a Next Step
As you explore God’s Word, you’ll begin to look for the response the Sculptor Spirit is shaping in you.
Get into a Groove
Over the course of these 40 days, you will practice a rhythm of innovation and experimentation for the sake of the Gospel.
By looking at how the Spirit worked in the life of Jesus, we see more clearly how the Spirit still works in our lives. Over the course of 40 guided readings and prayers, Come, Holy Spirit explores each of these themes in depth:
- Renewal: Daily dying and rising in baptism.
- Spiritual Warfare: Struggle and temptation.
- Pouring: Filled up and overflowing to others.
- Hospitality: A heart for outsiders.
- Rhythm: A pattern of rest, work, and play.
How do you see these activities of the Sculptor Spirit at work in you and in your life right now?
“ How much more will
your Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask! ”
Luke 11:13 (NIV)
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”
Psalm 138:8 (ESV)
With a Special Foreword by
Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M.
Dr. Leo Sánchez is the Werner R.H. Krause and Elizabeth Ringger Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries, professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. His book, Sculptor Spirit, provides the theological backdrop for this daily journey into a deeper understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
Dr. Sánchez explores the prayer “Come, Holy Spirit!” in his foreword to Volume 4 of the You, Follow Me series.
“To guide and equip you in the lifelong journey of Christlike discipleship, I commend the work of my friend and colleague Justin Rossow. Through his rich and insightful devotional writing, he will strengthen your knowledge of and trust in the Sculptor Spirit’s formative work in your life.”
From the Foreword by Leopoldo Sánchez,
author of Sculptor Spirit: Models of Sanctification from Spirit Christology
Read the a selection of the foreword by Dr. Leo Sánchez here: “Come, Holy Spirit!”
Read part of the Introduction from Dr. Justin Rossow here: On the Road Again
Listen to Leo and Justin discuss the Holy Spirit in this podcast episode:
More about this unique discipleship travel log
Why a “Discipleship Travel Log?”
Discipleship, at its core, is a journey: a journey of faith. Jesus invited his first disciples to “Come and see,” and gave the command, “Follow me!”
This “travel log” is designed to help you pay attention to where Jesus is headed. It also gives you a way of tracking where you have been.
Because every faith journey has not only common destinations but unique twists and turns, you’ll also find some new tools to explore. These discipling experiments are designed to help you follow Jesus in your everyday life.
If you can’t see immediate progress or none of the new tools seem to help right away, don’t give up! Following Jesus happens one step at a time.
Volume 4: Easter to Pentecost
You can take this 40-day journey any time during the year. Right now, today, is always a good time to learn more about the Spirit and grow in dependence on Jesus.
And the time between Easter and Pentecost seems to resonate in a beautiful way with the Scripture, prayers, and Faith Experiments in this Discipleship Travel Log.
The work of Jesus finds a natural culmination in the events of Good Friday and Easter, and the work of the Spirit is on unique display at Pentecost. If you start Day 1 of this journey on one of the Saturdays after Easter, Day 40 will come right around Pentecost Sunday.
Start whenever you are ready; or set aside special time after Easter: either way, the Spirit promises to be present and active in your life.
A Journey for One (or More)
We follow Jesus better when we follow him together. In order to consistently take small next steps following Jesus, you need other people on your rope; people connected to the journey and to you.
And sometimes it’s good and helpful to spend some time in single player mode.
Even Jesus, who had his large group gatherings, his small group of 12, and his micro-small group of three—even Jesus regularly went off by himself to pray. He needed the support of Peter, James, and John; he loved his interaction with the Twelve. But sometimes he needed to be alone with the Father and filled with the Spirit. Sometimes you need that, too.
So take some time with Jesus by yourself in this season. Or find a couple of friends to travel with you. Either way, Jesus promises to show up.
“You, Follow Me!”
The series title comes from Jesus’ invitation to Peter not only at the very beginning of the Gospels, but at the very end: the resurrected Jesus at the seashore extends a discipleship invitation to Peter again, even after Peter denied Jesus and ran away.
That invitation is for you, too: no matter how often you let Jesus down when push comes to shove, the resurrected Jesus wants to focus your eyes on what’s important: “You, follow me!”
Large Print Option for More Margin
At the request of the Educational Development Consultant for Visual Faith™ Ministry, this special edition of the Come, Holy Spirit Discipleship Travel Log has extra-wide margins and plenty of white space for you to add your personal reflections, insights, and color.
Get your Large Print edition here: Come, Holy Spirit Large Print
A Dedicated Season of the Next Step Podcast
Season 5 of the Next Step Podcast includes guest like Professor Leo Sánchez; Deaconess, Author, and Professional Counselor Heidi Goehmann; the cofounders of Breathe Life Ministries, Jamie and Steve Wiechman, and more. All of the conversation helps deepens your experience with the Come, Holy Spirit travel log.
A Social Learning Group
We follow Jesus better when we follow Him together. Share your insights and questions. Find all the related blogs and podcast episodes in one place. Invite some old friends and meet some new. You can join the Come, Holy Spirit Facebook Social Learning Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/comeholyspirit.nsp.