This might be a characteristic of the Spirit that we need the most to remind us about: freedom. We all have woundings, struggles, and addictions that we face, and scripture promises that the Spirit at work in us can provide a freedom that we are not able to find anywhere else.
Life can be challenging on some days, and feel like we are running on empty. 2 Corinthians promises that the Spirit helps us, and also renews and refreshes us in the midst of all that life sends our way.
Romans 15 gives a dynamic picture to remind us that the Spirit is not just a helper somewhere out there, but a powerful advocate, support, and strength for us and all that life sends at us.
Intercession is not the most common word for us all to use, but means the idea of going between or on behalf of. One image of the Spirit in scripture is that the Spirit prays on our behalf, intercedes to God on our behalf.
This Sunday we will look at how the “love of stranger” is not only a biblical principle but essential to our call to share the gospel. Oftentimes we can view the work of outreach as the job of people with the gift of evangelism. But evangelism isn’t necessarily a gift, it’s a calling for every Christian.
One image we read is that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. What then does the Spirit at work in all of our lives concretely look like?
Scripture promises that the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives will make a marked impact in our lives. There will be evidence of God at work in us, in a way that marks our lives as uniquely driven by God.
A common question many have is how to best understand scripture, and what it means for our lives. Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will help us to understand and apply scripture to our lives.
Jesus told his disciples before he left that he would send another who would help to guide the disciples in their work and ministry. He also reminds them that not everyone will get or see the Holy Spirit as they would in this world.
We are going to start our series where it all began, Pentecost. Jesus had promised a long awaited helper for the disciples (and us) who would fill them and guide them in his absence. We read that the Holy Spirit is a helper in the ministry that God has called us to in this world.