Tue, 19 July 2011
Part 1- Entering His Presence Together
Part 2- Resonding to His Presence
A. Five resonses that are part of entering the presence of God:
1. Decideing to enter- putting all aside so as to focus well
2. Thanking Him- recounting what He already has done
3. Confessing our sin and asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit
4. Worshipping- expressing our love for Him: Who He is, His promises to us
5. Surrendering- Docility (being humble, teachable, tractable)
This is not a rigid pattern
Non-verbal responses are part of the way we respond- tears, lifted hand,kneeling, bowing, silence and much more.
B. Important princples:
1. Servanthood- the soil of the Spirit's giftings
2. Order- the climate of the Spirit's workings
3. Jesus- the reason and result of everything we long for
Jesus is manifest among us in these ways:
a. Jesus' CHARACTER is seen in the fruit of the Spirit- Galatians 5:22-23
b. Jesus' POWER is exercised among us in the gifts of the Spirit- 1 Corinthians 12:8-10
c. Jesus' ORDER is evidenced among us in the ministies of the Spirit- Ephesians 4:11,12
C. How the Spirit comes:
1. The Spirit TAKES RESIDENCE in us when we confess our sinfulness to Christ and ask Him to direct our lives. ie: when we become Christians.
2.The Spirit EMPOWERS us for living when we are filled or baptized (immersed into) the Spirit.
(You can have #1 without #2)
D. Wisdom from todays principle text:
1. This is the kind of church(Spirit in residence and empowering) that Paul was writing to in Corinth. 1Corinthians 1:1,4,7-10
2. Paul's wisdom was that for a church to be a fully alive and purposeful for Christ, the activityof the Spirit would be comprehensive and regular among them. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11;14:26-33
E. Concepts that guide us away from the word of God
1. DESIRE: that the church may be built up- 14:3-5
2. GOAL: the common good... the encouragement of each person- 12:7,25
3. MOTIVE: love for one another- 13
4. MANNER: "decently and in order" 14:40
F. Responding to His presence as a church gathered
1. Leaders who will lead gently and with faith
2. People who will humbly serve and trust
3. The Holy Spirit actively giving enablement and gifting
4. A corporate willingness to embrace, be trusting and gorw
G. An actual proven model- The process of a church responding to the Prsence of God
1. It is important for everyone to hear clearly during this time. Thus all expressions must be across a microphone. this diminishes disorder fgreatly, and expresses a serious intention, and willingness to move together clearly. It also puts a control on people not part of the church, or immature, or not servant-hearted. (see A 5)
2. A leader/pastor is responsible to clear all gift action from the floor at the front. He will not act alone in this role, but will lead. the leader/pastor is in a place at the front so as to be accessible, and has a hand-held microphone. this process does not duul ths Spirit's voice. It sharpens and clarifies it.
3. Thus, people who, during worship, feel they have something to possibly share, come forward and espress it briefly ot the pastor/leader as the congregation is worshiping. It might be a scripture, a sense of faith, of God's heart, a word of knowledge, a sense that God wants to heeal, speak through prophetic word or more. Gentleness is a sign that hte speaker trusts the Lord to work through the word spoken and does not need to adopt an unusual style or manner.
4. The pastor/leader weighs what was shared (in 3 above), and gives direction to the church as to the way to proceed- timing, order, fit, clarity, sense of what God might be doing. the pastor/Leader also coordinates, as needed, with the worship personel who are all a part of the day's team.
5. The pastor/leader reflects with the church on what has been shared- as appropriate- and any reponses that might assist parsons in heeding what it is sensed the Lord is saying. At no point should ther be any showiness or contrivance. the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness and self- control.
Tue, 12 July 2011
Gathered together, we always represent three categories of people:
No matter our place of need, we come to a God Who cares
The way of Worship- a gathering song sung for thousands of years
Five steps that are part of entering the Presence of God
1. Deciding we will enter- Putting all aside so as to focus well
2. Enter with thanksgiving- Recounting what He has done already
3. confess any sin & asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit
4. worship and adoring- expressing our love for Him:Who He is, His promises to us
5. surrender- Docility (Being humble,teachable, tractable)
This is not a rigid pattern, but represents consistent elements the Spirit often prompts as He moves among us. There is typically variety, freedom and creativity that brings forth heart responses
All of this may be intensified by non-verbal responses as well...tears, kneeling, bowing, silence and much more. And remember... "In Your Presence there is fullness of joy." Psalm 16:11
Serventhood... The soil of the Spirit's giftings
Order... The climate of the Spirit's working
Jesus... The reason and the result of everything we long for.
Tue, 5 July 2011
Pastor Dave gives some insight to answered questions.
Question : Sometimes, I wish I lived when Jesus was here. Seems like He would solve everything. Are there any adavantages to living now, instead of then?
Answer: Yes there are, and the advantages are all about His sending the Holy Spirit. For instance...
Question: The book of Acts describes the advantages at work in the early church and is studied by us a lot. Is fair to take a book of history and develop lasting spiritual principles from it?
Answer:George Eldon Ladd- Acts is not just a book of history, but its history is carefully selected and lots of normal things are left out. like, what ever happend to Peter? The other apostles? Conclusion: The book of Acts is history selected for the purpose of theology.
Question: So, if our desire is to be a New Testament church, what should our focuses be.