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Message based upon Romans 8:26-28
Many Christians are confused about the powers of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost reminds us the reality of the Holy Spirit’s coming and the beginnings of the Christian Church. The Old Testament says very little about the Holy Spirit in personal terms. We know of the breath of God at the beginning of creation and how the Spirit of God empowered some of those early heroes of Israel. Jesus’ words were new teachings in that they spoke of a new relationship with the Holy Spirit. As our passage from Romans speaks of some of the roles of the Holy Spirit in our lives I wanted to share some other roles that the Holy Spirit plays in the life of believers.
The Holy Spirit is a Counselor.
The Holy Spirit is not something to be feared. The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus and comes from God. The Holy Spirit is with us in our journey of faith. We should embrace the Holy Spirit in our lives and as our passage from Romans shares remember God searches our hearts and knows what is the mind of the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to testify about Jesus.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are intended to focus our attention upon Christ. The Holy Spirit helps enable us as Christians to focus less attention upon our own service in God’s Kingdom and begin to focus more attention to drawing others to Jesus through our words and actions.
The Holy Spirit guides us in seeking truth.
The focus of truth is upon those spiritual truths we seek to follow and seek guidance upon in our journeys of faith. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence in the world and helps to communicate these thoughts of God to us.
The Holy Spirit makes the resources of God available to each of us.
Throughout the New Testament we are reminded and encouraged to either “walk in” or “be filled with” and “live by” the Holy Spirit. As our passage from Romans shares, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness…”
Despite our weaknesses and our shortcomings in life, we are strengthened through the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we come to the Lord’s Table this morning to celebrate Holy Communion, let us remember that we have an unlimited resource in the power of God available to us through the works and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
The Rev. Dr. David A. Marcus, Jr.
May 20, 2018