The Inside Column 17/5

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 17, 2015 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

Last Sunday Night we started the marriage course. We have eight couples coming on the course, some from our church and some from the community. Please pray for the people doing the course, that their Marriages will be blessed.

Next Sunday is Pentecost. “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” – Luke 24:49. As we open ourselves up to the work of the Holy Spirit, the New Testament encourages us to expect things to happen, sometimes dramatically; sometimes it is a bit by bit, in our lives and in our church.

There are three aspects of a spirit filled transformation:

  1. Identity – Having been clothed with power from on high the first thing that happens is that the Holy Spirit helps us to discover who we really are. The Spirit draws us into knowledge of God as a perfect, loving, heavenly Father. We are not God’s children directly, we are adopted into God’s family through Jesus, God’s Son, and it is the Spirit who enables us to enjoy an intimate relationship with God as Father, as Jesus did.
  1. Compassion – We all know there are a lot of bad things going on in the world, we can easily become apathetic and hard of heart towards the problems in the world. We can say that is     terrible, but we also can feel helpless at the same time. At the end of John’s gospel Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit on his disciples and said, “As the Father has sent me so I am sending you” – John 20: 20. The Spirit comes to fill us with a knowledge of God’s love for us and to send us out to play our part in God’s plans and purposes to heal and restore the world he loves so much. The Holy Spirit empowers us in to action for the broken and the lost, not in our own strength but with Gods strength and love for the world.
  1. Transformation – The Spirit not only draws us into God’s transforming work in the world but also gives us a desire for God’s transforming work in our own lives. The Spirit works on our desire and leads us to practice the Christian disciplines of prayer, studying the Bible, fellowship and accountability, which are the things through which God’s Spirit does his work of transformation in us. So we pray, Welcome Holy Spirit.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Philip

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