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The Role of the Holy Spirit
Have you ever thought to yourself, "What is my purpose in life, what am I called to do?" The bible teaches us that all of our work, regardless of the occupation, can be to the glory of God and to the spreading of His kingdom on earth. Let's turn our work into service towards others, and fulfill our roles as member's of the church body, spreading the truth and love of God wherever we work!
Jesus quotes from Psalm 37 when he tells us that the meek are blessed because they will inherit the earth. What does it mean to be meek and why do they, in particular, inherit the earth? Listen now for the answers in this message from Matthew 5, verse 5.
We learn two lessons about children in this passage. First, children matter. They don't matter to some people, but they do matter to Jesus. Thus, they should matter to Jesus' followers. Second, children trust. They display a humble, dependent trust that is exemplary for all those who hope to enter into and live in a relationship with God.
Join guest speaker, Victor Sholar, Pastor at Main Street Baptist Church in Lexington as he preaches the word of God from Psalm 23.
The Guarantee of Our Success
We see throughout the Book of Acts that the Holy Spirit always accomplishes the purpose of spreading the Gospel, and that He works through His people. And so we are then called to put our confidence in the Holy Spirit as we seek to make disciples in whatever context we find ourselves; we need to acknowledge our own brokenness and put our dependence on Him knowing the Gospel will prevail.
If we are going to live a life dependent on God, we need to acknowledge our need for Jesus and we need to be praying continually. In order to move toward greater dependence on God, we need to offer ourselves anew to God, honestly examine our life, offer God our strengths and weaknesses and ask for God's direction. We desperately need Jesus.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that in God’s kingdom earthly values are turned upside down; this is true for the way children are seen, and the way wealth is understood. Such teaching from Jesus was a shock in the 1st Century, as it is in ours. Children then were merely minors. Wealth was a sign of God’s favour on your life. Look what Jesus says: "Let the children come to me", tells us children are accepted. We are not to hinder them. We must not be adult-centred, nor child-centred, but child friendly; whole family-orientated. We mustn’t make it difficult for children to have faith in Christ; church must not be boring; teaching should be age-appropriate. We should spend time answering children’s questions. If Jesus welcomes them, so should we. But what of the man blessed with wealth and a moral life? He'd done everything right, so what more did he need to do to win eternal life? Not much, it seems, but it meant giving up his wealth, following Jesus, not personal status, valuing Jesus, not the opinions of society. The test is will the man act on what Jesus says, or will he try to be his own Saviour. This is personal. We too like to evaluate our lives rather analytically, objectively; ”this is what I need to do”, we say. But Jesus says, remove the stumbling block and come, follow me. It’s personal; its relational. It’s not things we do, but a Saviour we trust. Will you walk away sad this morning?