Sunday Summary, 9/2/14
So on Sunday, Pastor Ed continued our “Individual Next Steps” series and talked about the Holy Spirit, but more specifically, the teaching of Jesus on the Holy Spirit. I’d never heard a message on the Holy Spirit from this perspective before and found it really illuminating. I mean, Jesus’ emphasis on things should really show us a lot about what our emphasis should be right?!
The thing that I think struck me the most was the fact that in Jesus’ teaching at least, the Holy Spirit was less about the charismatic gifts (like healing, speaking in tongues, prophecy etc.) and far more about power.
Jesus said this about the Holy Spirit just before His ascension in Acts 1:8,
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
What a fascinating thought. But why this power? What is it for?
To “be my witnesses”.
The Holy Spirit does not empower us to experience a weird chain of supernatural experiences that are ends in themselves. He empowers us to glorify Jesus Christ by witnessing about Jesus Christ to the whole world.
To be clear, we believe in prophecy, speaking in tongues and healing. We believe in the so called charismatic gifts, and we want to see healings. We want to see prophecy impact a life. We want to see individuals experiencing new levels of intimacy with God through speaking in tongues. But let’s not think that that is all the Holy Spirit does.
He is far more interested in power to reach people for Jesus.