Last time I posted about the difference it makes to Christian spiritual formation depending on whether our focus is on holiness or love and how it can lead to distortion in our lives if we focus on one to the neglect of the other. And that brings in the whole question of balance. Now for … Continue reading Spiritual formation – balance
Reading and reflecting on growing in Christ or spiritual formation, it makes a big difference as to whether we focus on holiness or love to the exclusion of the other. If our focus is holiness, sin consciousness and separation from the world will play a big part. If our focus is love, acceptance and relational … Continue reading Spiritual formation
Open to the prophetic
As people and churches we need not only an ongoing experience of the Spirit and the ministry of the Word we also need the prophetic - the now voice of the Spirit speaking expressly to us as God's people. Several times in Scripture we are exhorted to hear what the Spirit is saying - in … Continue reading Open to the prophetic
The Importance of the Word
The last couple of weeks we have looked at the necessity of work of the Spirit. In this post I want to focus on the importance of preaching/teaching which was a vital part of the growth, establishment and expansion of the early church. Not only did they know God present and active through the Spirit, but … Continue reading The Importance of the Word
Are you quenching the Spirit?
In the last post we looked at the baptism and fullness of the Spirit, in this one we are asking the question, are you quenching the Spirit? A quick glance over the New Testament very quickly reveals the dynamic of a God who was present with his people - present in person and present in … Continue reading Are you quenching the Spirit?