Celebrating 78 Years Of Ministry
To God Be The Glory
Current Sermon Series: "Good News For All People"
July 31st Message: "The Assurance of Salvation"
Read Romans 8:12-17
Please join us at 10:45 AM.
Our new Music Minister, Leland Parks, has begun
his ministry. Join us for uplifting praise and worship.
Our new Children's Minister, Jenny Jackson, has begun
her ministry "His Kids". Bring your children to children's
church for worship, learning and fun.
Our new youth ministry: "youth 4 Him" has begun.
They will meet each Monday at 7 PM for grades 7 thru 12. Michael Morris is the leader. Join them for Bible study, field trips, sharing the love of God and possibly a sports team.
Each Tuesday - Prayer meeting in the chapel at 9:00 AM.
Exercise Class on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM. For men and women of all ages. Handicapped accessible.
Each Saturday - Men's Bible Study at 9:00 AM
Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - The Food Pantry is open to all who are in need.
The Holy Spirit
If you want to know more about the Holy Spirit, there is hardly any better to place to start than Romans 8. Craig Keener points out that the Holy Spirit is mentioned more in this chapter than in any other chapter in Scripture, eighteen times in all. To help us understand who the Spirit is and what he does in our lives I want to look at four titles of the Spirit in this chapter.
First, the Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of life” (v. 2). The Spirit is not only a living Spirit himself, but he imparts new life to us. We are “born of water and the Spirit” (John 3.5). The new birth is the work of the Spirit. Before conversion, we are dead in sins and trespasses, but the Spirit convicts us and awakens us to our need of Christ. And when we believe in Jesus (which is also by the Spirit’s help), we are then born of the Spirit. The Spirit enters us and grants us new life. We often speak of the Trinity as Father, Son, and Spirit, yet in conversion the order is opposite: the Spirit draws us to Christ, and through Christ we approach the Father. It begins with the Spirit, the Spirit of Christ.
Second, the Holy Spirit is referred to as “the Spirit of God” (v. 9). By the way, Paul is not speaking of different spirits in this chapter; rather, he is speaking of the same Spirit in different ways. Each title contributes something to our understanding of the Spirit. He is called the Spirit of God because he is sent by God and he is God. The Father sent the Spirit, and this Spirit is divine and personal. The Holy Spirit is not an “it” or a force; the Spirit is the third person of the Trinity—the powerful, presence of God in our midst. So when we receive the Spirit, we are receiving God himself. And when we reject the Spirit, it is God that we are rejecting.
Third, the Holy Spirit is known as “the Spirit of Christ” (v. 9). Paul makes it clear in this verse that if you do not have the Spirit in your life, then you are not a Christian. There is no such thing as a Christian without the Spirit. This Spirit that all Christians possess is the Spirit of Christ. The Spirit is sent by Christ, and he makes Christ real to us and in us. The very character of Christ is made real in our lives through the work of the Spirit. Paul makes it clear that it is impossible to obey God or be like Jesus unless the Spirit transforms us (vv. 7-8). So if we are not like Christ in our conduct, do we really have the Spirit of Christ in us?
Last, the Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of adoption” (v. 15). One of the great truths of the Bible is that we can be saved and know that we’re saved. It is the Spirit that assures us of our salvation. Paul writes, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (v. 16). The Spirit is the Spirit of adoption: he is the sign of our adoption and the assurance of our adoption. All those who possess the Spirit have been adopted into God’s family, and only those who possess the Spirit have been adopted into his family. Through the Spirit we have intimacy with God the Father and call him “Abba, Father.”