with a passion to worship God,
who care for one another
and bring God’s love into a broken world”
A powerful message about the shift that takes place when you put your faith in Jesus Christ: from slaves to sons and heirs of God. In this ‘identity-shift’ the holy Spirit fulfils a powerful role as He is called the ‘Spirit of sonship’. Still many Christians are ‘afraid’ for God. But it’s exactly because of your ‘sonship’ that there is no reason at all to have any anxious fears for God. Instead you’re called to a life of peace, joy, hope and love, imparted by God’s Spirit.
Today I close off my series on the Power of the holy Spirit. And I really hope that it has helped you in getting to know the holy Spirit and his power at a deeper level. I hope and pray that you’ve been touched by the holy Spirit and above all that God is doing a new thing in terms of the Spirit’s power. In your life, as well as within our community.
Who of you ever had an experience with the holy Spirit? And what happened? I continue with my series on the Power of the holy Spirit. In this series I look on three metaphors for the holy Spirit: ‘Water, wine and fire’. The metaphors in the bible described to the Spirit, say something specific about the holy Spirit. Last week we looked at ‘water’ as metaphor. From several passages we’ve seen that water as metaphor for the Spirit stands for ‘the presence of God, ‘the healing and cleansing power’ of the holy Spirit and ‘the life, blessing and fertility’ that the Spirit brings to your life.
What is your first thought when I say: ‘holy Spirit!’? Is it like; ‘awesome’? Or; ‘whooopsss…scary!’. Or is it more like: ‘holy…what?’. Today I start with a new series on the holy Spirit. And for most people, the holy Spirit is often the most unknown Person within the trinity of God. In church history the holy Spirit has been called: ‘the God about whom now one writes’ [Gregory of Nazianus, 4th Century] or he is compared with ‘Cinderally, being left alone at home while her two sisters go to the ball’