Recently I spoke at our church on the subject of The Holy Spirit from our statement of faith:
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
As we only had one week we zoomed in on the bold bit – looking at how the Spirit works in the life of the believer. We focused on Ephesians 5:18-21 which is one long sentence in Greek with a command and the outworkings of that command – what the command looks like. Paul shows what being filled with the Spirit looks like – godly character.
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery [extreme indulgence, wild living]. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Here’s the talk and a link to download it.
And here’s the wordle:
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