with a passion to worship God,
who care for one another
and bring God’s love into a broken world”
We continue with our message series about the Holy Spirit called Living Under Influence with a message on the Spirit’s involvement in mission. In week 1 we discussed how the Spirit is setting us free to live the life we were created for. In week 2 we discussed how the Spirit is guiding us. Today we are going to discuss how the Holy Spirit is involved in the expansion of the Kingdom of God.
Today is the second Sunday in the series Living Under Influence – don’t be drunk with wine, but be filled with the Holy Spirit. You and I are called to live life under the constant influence of the Holy Spirit. He plays an essential role in every single part of our lives as Christians, and we shouldn’t be uninformed about how He works. Last week we discovered that He is the Spirit of Freedom. He leads us to a life of freedom, the life we were meant to live, no longer bound to sin. Today we are going to take this a step further and talk about how He is guiding us in that new life of freedom.
We are starting a new message series called “Living Under Influence”. As Christians, we are called to live a life full of the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit enables us to live life differently. To live a life of freedom and impact. Too many Christians stay uninformed about the person and the work of the Holy Spirit. They understand God the Father. They understand that Jesus is the Son of God – but the person of the Holy Spirit is one big question mark, or a very boxed in view of what He does. Yet, the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is absolutely essential. We start today with discovering how, through the Holy Spirit, we live a life of freedom.
In this sermon we look at three stories of prominent disciples of Jesus. In the passion week, their faith in the Lord Jesus was tested intensely, and these three didn’t pass the test with flying colours. The three disciples are Judas, Peter and Thomas. Their names are closely associated with the scenes that we will look at today. In their stories we find disappointment, fear, shame and doubt. Yet, two of the three find restoration after the resurrection of Jesus.
This is part 3/3 in the The Generous Life series. Last week we talked about how to break the power of mammon over your life through generosity. We would like to finish with a final message about generous discipleship. As we are going to explore some Scriptures today, we will soon discover that the life Jesus is calling us to is a life of sacrifice for the King and for His Kingdom.