I don’t know about you, but June is one of my favorite months, but it is so for just a couple reasons.
Reason number one is that June is my birth month! Many years ago my parents celebrated D-Day by welcoming me into the world. And for those of you not up on your world history, D-Day occurred on June 6th.
Reason number two that I’ve been growing in my love for June over the past couple years is that June is the beginning of the Season of Power. I love all the Seasons, and I love the character traits of God that we celebrate during those Seasons, but this one — in particular — is my favorite.
So, after the episode today, be sure to head over to CelebrationOfGod.com to access a bunch of amazing June resources for worshipping God.
The Year Long Celebration of God starts in September and divides the year into four meteorological seasons which begin on September 1st, December 1st, March 1st, and June 1st.
Each of these Seasons focuses on a unique aspect of God’s relationship with us.
September starts with the Season of Mercy. December ushers in the Season of Grace. March introduces us to the Season of Life, and June rushes in with the Season of Power.
The Season of Power is a celebration of the omnipotence of God. But it’s not merely an acknowledgement that God is all-powerful, it’s also a celebration of the implications that reality has on us.
As we get into Year 3 of The Year Long Celebration of God, we’re going to take time each Season to study in more depth the glorious realities of Mercy, Grace, Life, and Power.
But, for now, let me tell you why the Season of Power is my favorite.
For me, my justification is in the past. In a short while I will have been born again for 40 years. And though I am a daily recipient of God’s Mercy, Grace, and Life, it’s God’s Power that excites me.
If God were not omnipotent, His Mercy, Grace, and Life would be limited. It’s His holiness, love, omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence that are the infinite framework within which His other character traits function.
An all-powerful evil God would be most petrifying. An all loving, impotent God would be worthless. An all-powerful ambivalent God would leave us in a constant state of uncertainty. And even an all-powerful, all-loving God without perfect holiness would be incapable of truly knowing and accomplishing what’s best for us.
So, not only does God’s Power thrill me because it’s a vital characteristic of the one true God of the universe, but it also has stark implications for God’s people.
God is able to share that power with us. Humans completely lack the power to understand His Word, the power to be saved, the power to be conformed to His image, the power to live any kind of holy life.
So, for me, my ability to stop being the wicked, old man I once was and to become the holy new man God is creating, is absolutely contingent on God being omnipotent and inviting me to share in that omnipotence.
And the same is true for all of us. Without the divine ability to submit to God, this podcast would be worthless. It would make no sense to be a biblical counselor because we would all be incapable of doing anything God commands.
So, yes, I cherish God’s Mercy, Grace, and Life, but — at this time of my life — I am infinitely thankful for the Power of God which characterizes all He does and without which I am doomed.
And that’s the Power we hope you’ll study, meditate on, praise God for, and grow in this Season.
And it’s because of God’s Power that we take this Season to celebrate Sanctification. Sanctification is the cooperation of the Holy Spirit and God’s people whereby the believer chooses to trust what God says about life and godliness and submits to it thereby being conformed to the image of Christ.
This is the perfect time of year to deepen your knowledge and understanding of Sanctification that you may also increase your participation in it.
To this end, toward the end of this Season, we’re going to be publish a multi-part study on the nature of biblical obedience. I’m really looking forward to that because it’s the very bread and butter of Christian living.
Just those two focuses alone could capture our minds for all of June and into eternity. But there are many other opportunities in June to give God the preeminence.
For example, let’s look at the June holidays.
Within The Year Long Celebration of God we observe Family Days, Father’s Days, Mother’s Days, and Grandparent’s Days. So, we also look forward to observing International Children’s Day on the second Sunday in June.
I love that Children’s Day falls in the Season of Power. They always seem to be a near-never-ending supply of energy, and they are one of the best physical examples we have of what it means to grow.
We did a whole episode on preparing for, discipling during, and celebrating Children’s Day. We also have a Children’s Day Bible Reading and Anticipations. So that you can locate them easily, I’ll provide a bunch of links in the description of today’s episode for June worship resources.
The other holiday in June is Father’s Day which falls on the third Sunday of the month.
I know, you’re jealous. My birthday and Father’s Day fall in the same month. :-)
I also really like how Father’s Day occurs in the Season of Power. God has equipped men to be physically powerful enough to care for their families in all the ways that matter most. But God also expects the leaders of the home to be spiritually powerful.
The history of the world — starting with Adam Himself — is a sad picture of men abdicating their spiritual strength and forcing that burden on the wives and mothers. May it never be! We men need to grow in our spiritual strength by the grace of God. And I hope the resources we have at CelebrationOfGod.com will help you in that.
So, as we enter June, I encourage you to immerse yourself in the study of God’s Power and the gift of Sanctification. And I also hope you’ll take full advantage of Children’s Day and Father’s Day.
But — as always — there are countless other Low Moments in which we need to exalt the Lord. Well, this year has been all about growing our collection of free resources that God’s people can reference as they learn to worship God with every waking hour of their day.
We have tons of resources for worshipping God at church, while you’re at work or attending summer school, and when you’re on vacation, recreating, or resting.
Of course, we should always be growing in our discipleship, so we hope you’ll take advantage of our discipleship resources. And we have an exciting new series coming up all about biblical friendship. I’m really looking forward to that one.
But we also have other specialized resources for dealing with the unexpected — like celebrating God in the face of death.
And all of these episodes, Bible readings, transcripts, and worship resources are free for you at CelebrationOfGod.com.
We want your June to be as Christ-honoring as divinely possible, and we’re here to help. If you need individualized Biblical counseling, don’t hesitate to reach out.
And please share this episode on your favorite social media outlets so that other disciples of Christ can join us in celebrating God this June.
And be sure to catch our next episode as we seek to better know, love, and worship God and help the people in our lives do the same.
To that end, we’ll be discussing how to celebrate God with our rest.
The Year Long Celebration of God is a dynamic, holistic resource that utilizes the Bible, our holiday calendars, and even the most average moments of the most normal days to equip Christians to worship God all year long
and disciple others to do the same.
AMBrewster is the creator and host of the Celebration of God. He originally designed the COG to be a discipleship tool for Christian parents to train their children to know and love God, but he quickly realized how valuable it is for all Christians. Whether it's a small group, church, classroom, one-on-one, or community relationship, this resource is guaranteed to draw people closer together as they draw closer to God.
Aaron is the President of Truth.Love.Parent. and host of its podcast.