There can be no spiritual formation without engagement with the Spirit. To attempt to do otherwise makes for a hard life, a miserable experience where the flesh gets the upper hand and joy eludes us and defeat is our constant companion. The transformed life we are called to cannot come about by the mere application … Continue reading Spiritual formation – open to the Spirit
The shaping of the Spirit is both an individual and a corporate experience. As we go through our Christian lives we find that the Spirit is intent on shaping us... As individuals - each individual is unique… born of the Spirit… shaped by the Spirit. How is he shaping you? And as churches - every … Continue reading A Spirit shaped Church
Many churches will have celebrated the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost this Sunday, a celebration of a real powerful historical event that came about as the result of Jesus's ascension to the Father, and the fulfilment of the promise of the Father. In doing so though we don't just celebrate a past event but … Continue reading Pentecost today or yesterday?
Pentecost - what a day, what an event! Before Jesus went back to heaven he said that he was going to send One just like himself, One who would be in us and remain with us. Now sat down at the right hand of the Father he sends the Spirit, and my, how he came! I'm … Continue reading Are You Spirit Baptised and Filled?
Jesus on the last day of the feast “cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were … Continue reading The Spirit Filled Life and Church
I've been continuing to think about different aspects of Christian life and growth. On the evangelical spectrum, it can be all about the Word - just believe it, confess it, act on it and everything will be all right. On the charismatic front, it can be all that we need is more of the Spirit … Continue reading When the Christian Life is not Working
Back to Pentecost and the things of the Spirit Jesus on the last day of the feast “cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" But this He spoke of … Continue reading The Spirit Filled Life & Church