with a passion to worship God,
who care for one another
and bring God’s love into a broken world”
We've had the privilege of having Jan Bernard Struik in our midst. Jan Bernard used to be the National Leader of the Vineyard Benelux. He shared with us on the topic of "Come Holy Spirit" and how important it is that we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.
Our world is broken and torn apart. Or as someone else said to me this week: ‘The world is sick and it only gets worse’. We know that. We see it and feel it, everyday. The sister in the family who is fighting a severe disease. The couple in the street that is going through a divorce and leaves a huge crack in their young family. The son who walked away from home. Or at a larger scale, the politician that shout’s ‘Brexit’, the other ‘Bremain’. Again others who set up people groups against people groups; the white against the black, the rich against the poor, the Americans against the Mexicans, the fundamentalists against the rest of the world.
It’s really cool that we’re going to baptize these three guys today – and I am excited to hear how God has intervened in their lives, it’s pretty awesome! Before we go and do the baptism in an hour or so, I would like to spend a few words about baptism. Not a full sermon, but I would like to draw just a couple of powerful implications from Galatians 3:26-27:
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.