The Inside Column 12/5

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 12, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today, we hope you feel at home and that you enjoy worshipping with us.

Over the past few weeks we have been focusing on Intimacy with God. We have looked at prayer, community, bible study and worship. Over the next two of weeks we will be looking at the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

‘If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.’ – John 14: 15-20

 

People see the Holy Spirit in many different ways. For some people the Holy Spirit makes them go into a cold sweat – they may know all about the Holy Spirit but don’t think that the things the Spirit does are for them. Others think that if they ask the Spirit to come they will lose the ability to think for themselves and will have to go to some far off county and be a missionary. For some people a touch of the Spirit is all they seek – the feeling or the emotion that comes becomes the goal and if they don’t fell a certain way then they think they have not meet with God. What comes to mind when you think about the Holy Spirit?

Pentecost is next weekend and we celebrate the day when the world changed for the first Disciples. We can know this world changing power every day too, because we can experience the presence of God through Jesus because His spirit comes and lives with us – now you can’t get more intimate than that!

 

A couple of must do’s…

  1. The combined service on the evening of Pentecost. We have hosted this the last couple of years but this year it will be held in the Cathedral (on Pentecost Sunday, the 19th of May at 6.00pm). Although an Anglican initiative other denominations will be welcome to join with us. Imagine a night of celebration and praise on what has often been described as the ‘birthday of the Church’ with all of Gods people worshiping together.
  2. The Big Question at the Honest Lawyer on Sunday the 26th of May at 5.00pm. Bring a friend, have a drink and a chances to talk about your faith with those you love.

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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