with a passion to worship God,
who care for one another
and bring God’s love into a broken world”
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’
From the story in which Peter encountered the risen story I will look at ‘power to forgive’. Forgiveness as culture in God’s kingdom, as a necessity and release, restoration and reconciliation as result of forgiveness. The teaching of Jesus on forgiveness is radical and it’s certainly not easy to put into practice. It takes courage and humility. And yet it’s one of the most powerful steps we can take!
I am moving in my third message on ‘God at War’. In 4 messages I look at ‘the reality of evil’ from a biblical and kingdom perspective. And by doing so, I hope and pray that it will equip and empower us to take our position as Christians, in a world that is filled with evil.
Today I continue with our series ‘God at War’. From a biblical and Kingdom perspective I would like to look at ‘the reality of evil’. As someone said: ‘There seems to be more pain and misery, injustice and violence in this world than love, prosperity, justice and joy’ (Boyd G. God at War. Pg. 36). The earth is a battlefield, full of suffering and satanic evil. And how are we, as Christians, to respond to all that evil? That’s the fundamental question behind this series.