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In order to walk as wise believers, in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, we should know that the Father's will for us is being filled with the Holy Spirit. We will be empowered in every area of our lives as we submit to the Spirit's influence. This will enable us to live in love and thankful submission to each other in the fear of Christ. In doing this we will be allowing the Spirit of Jesus to transform every relationship and area of life. Therefore we will be an empowered witness to the world around us that is desperately seeking the supernatural truth.
Most of us understand that we are saved by grace and not by any of our own efforts. We also need to realize how important and empowering God’s grace is for daily following the Lord. Paul wrote in I Cor 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” What does he mean by “vain?” It means that we can waste God’s grace by not leaning into it to follow the Lord each step of the way. In a sense, our work as believers is to lean into the grace of God and from that obey the Lord at every turn. It is a labor. God’s grace is not a license to do our own thing and then say, “Oh well, God is gracious and we are under grace and not law so it does not matter.” It does matter and we are under the freeing law of Christ (I Cor 9:2; James 1:25) to seek to always choose to follow Him. Let’s lean into that grace once again today so that we get to experience its empowering strength to go hard after the Lord.
Life of re:sponsive January 20, 2013 Text: II Corinthians 1:3-11; Philippians 4:19-20 Key Thought: Christ invites us into a life of responsive: helping others, with Him, as He continues to help us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. II Cor. 1:4, NLT
Message focuses on Paul's final greeting to the folks in Corinth struggling with a number of deep issues. His final farewell bids them to focus on the grace, love and fellowship of God to comfort and enable them to process through sanctification.
S&L, Episode I: The Daver Reconnect – June 19, 2011 Text: I Samuel 16:1-13; I Corinthians 1:24-29 Key Thought: God still chooses the unlikely for His greatness based on the direction of their hearts. Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.” So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.” So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah. (I Samuel 16:11-13, NLT)
What makes the Christian Church different than any other movement? The empowering presence of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2 is the introduction of the Spirit and the Church.
Pastor Brad concludes with Part 5 in the "Pneuma" series by explaining the ultimate empowering work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Acts 2:1-13 In four short verses, Luke describes the miracle of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. This text is remarkable not only for its detail but also for its significant shades of meaning for the reader. It is not by accident that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred on the Day of Pentecost. While Judaism commemorated the giving of the Mosaic Law at Mount Sinai (and its subsequent renewals), the Christian Church celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. On another plane, we see Luke comparing the baptism of Jesus Christ and the Spiritâ€™s ascending upon Him for an empowered ministry with this miracle. By making this comparison, Luke is identifying the mission of the church with that of Jesus Christ â€“ one fully dependent upon the power and influence of the Holy Spirit. Luke alone connects John the Baptistâ€™s prophecy of a baptism â€œwith the Holy Spirit and with fireâ€ with the miracle of Pentecost. Like Jesus Christ, the early church was empowered by the Holy Spirit in its mission to reach the world. Our text describes a people who were â€œignitedâ€ by the Spirit of God for ministry. That same Spirit is present and available for every believer today that desires a Spirit â€œignitedâ€ life and ministry.