This week, staff intern Michael Edgar brought a message about the role of the Holy Spirit in fulfilling our Call to Mission. We learned a lot about who the Holy Spirit is, what He has done throughout history and what He does today, and what that all means for our lives "on mission" for Christ.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
First, and most importantly, the Holy Spirit is God. He is a full member of the Godhead, eternal and equal in trinity with God the Father and God the Son. He appears in both Old and New Testaments of the Bible, inspiring Scriptures and speaking through prophets.
What does the Holy Spirit do?
In the book of Acts, at the feast of Pentecost, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in His followers. He empowered the apostles and the early church to share His message, and He empowers us today. The Holy Spirit indwells believers and "seals" them for salvation -- that is, He acts as a deposit, guaranteeing our full redemption. How do we know we have the Holy Spirit? Well, the Holy Spirit opens our hearts to hear and receive the gospel in the first place. We owe our very belief to the Holy Spirit's work. Furthermore, it's the Holy Spirit that works in us to regenerate us and make our lives look more like Christ's.
What does the Holy Spirit have to do with evangelism?
Since we've already learned that the Holy Spirit enables us to believe in Jesus in the first place, the first thing to know about the Holy Spirit's role in evangelism is that it's the Holy Spirit's job to convince people to believe in Jesus. All we are asked to do is tell people about Jesus, and we can rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us in that process as well. What it comes down to is this: it's not us; it's Him that does the work of salvation. From start to finish, salvation is God's work, and because it is God's work, we can share our faith with confidence, knowing that the Holy Spirit prepares hearts and minds, leads our relationships and conversations, and convicts of the truth.
Questions to Consider:
- Have I ever resisted sharing the gospel because I was worried about messing it up? How can I trust the Holy Spirit instead?
- Have I ever tried so hard to convince people of the gospel that I drove them away instead of trusting the Holy Spirit to convince them? Am I praying for the Spirit's movement in their lives?
- Am I listening to and trusting the Holy Spirit's guidance in my life? How can I cultivate a habit of listening and trust?
- In what ways can I recognize the Holy Spirit working in my life to renew and sanctify me? Have I remembered to praise Him for that work?
Join us next Sunday for a special prayer service, as we dedicate ourselves individually and collectively to God's call to mission in our daily lives. In the meantime, you can listen to this Sunday's sermon here or catch up on more sermons here.