Growing up in the Household of Faith

Growing up in the Household of Faith

This week we will be revisiting the sermon preached over the weekend by Alistair, “Growing up in the Household of Faith”, as we feel it is important to be reminded of what God is saying to us as a family.

John 3:16 – (NKJV) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

God loves us!
– Jesus came to love the world. John 3:16
– Jesus loves us every day, all day, in everything.
– Love becomes real as we go out and love one another John 13:35
– Love aligns us with the purposes of God, for He is love. 1 John 4:7-8

What has God brought us into?
– Into the Kingdom of light and love: Colossians 1:13 (NKJV) “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.”
– Into acceptance, as I am through the finished work of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:6
– Set into the Body where it pleases Him. 1 Corinthians 12.

What has Jesus done for us?
– He has brought us into life – “…it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me …” Galatians 2:20
– He came to serve – John 20:20-28
– He is the Head of the Body, and ‘causes the growth of the body’ Ephesians 4:16

Reflection
– Do you desire a fresh encounter with Him every day?
– He wants to show you daily how much He loves you
– Through His word, He wants us to discover what He has brought us into and what He has done so that we can grow into the image of Christ.

The Person of the Holy Spirit

John 20:21 (NIV) – “Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has send me, I am sending you.”

• We need to behold Him:

• The Kingdom of Heaven is within my reach through the Holy Spirit.
• Romans 14:17 – Righteous, peace and joy – in the Holy Spirit!

• I am a carrier of His presence:

• Omnipresence of God.
• Manifest presence of God.
• Cultivated presence of God.

• Psalm 24:7-9 (NIV) “Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.”
• As I lift up my head, I become a gate that the King of glory can come in through me.

• Receiving power from Holy Spirit:

• We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit so that we can become an agent of change.

Additional Point:

• Maturity isn’t measured by the manifestation but in the level of surrender to the Holy Spirit.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever – John 14:16 [ESV].

This week we will be focusing on two specific reasons that the Holy Spirit has been given to us:

Firstly, the Holy Spirit has been given to us as the Helper. The evidence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is seen through the fruit of the Spirit. When we allow ourselves to be open to the Holy Spirit’s leading, the fruit of the Spirit will naturally be shown in our lives, without us needing to step into performance. As the fruit of the Spirit is demonstrated in our lives, the Holy Spirit then draws people unto Jesus.

Secondly, we have been given the enabling power of God so that we can be witnesses to those around us (Acts 1:8), and in doing so, the miracles, signs, and wonders will follow us (Mark 16:17).

Reflection:
– Is speaking in tongues the only evidence of the Holy Spirit?
– What does a spirit-filled Christian life look like?
– What is the role of the Holy Spirit?