Pastor R today was our guest preacher – and he spoke of the Holy Spirit being “the person-hood of the Holy Spirit’ – Here is my “sermon-report” kinda like a book report – I didn’t mean to take notes but when he said the Holy Spirit was not an “IT” I thought I should write down what the Holy Spirit was… cool….
After the service I shared with him and his wife that I was grateful for a training he shared approximately 10 years prior, of how to share communion during home visitations… that even after training I still did not feel ready to give communion… But fast forward and when the Holy Spirit got a hold of me, the Holy Spirit brought me up to speed. The Pastor was so pleased to hear that – and I was so very pleased to tell him, especially since of all days, it was Pentecost!
In the sermon (I took notes) he spoke of the 5 main events – Incarnation (Birth of Christ), Atonement (Crucifixion), Resurrection, Ascension, and Pentecost – and he reminded everyone that the Pentecost season is the longest season in the church calendar – (the sixth main event will be the 2nd coming).
Pastor spoke of the Holy Spirit not being “an IT” – but being a person of intellect and emotion, and WILL… the Holy Spirit acts not ONLY as a divine force but also as a person… that the Holy Spirit, just like people, can be blasphemed, grieved, etc…. that the Holy Spirit is also divine and has the attributes of God – eternal, all powerful, everywhere, all knowing, present at work, home, everywhere…
He said “The Holy Spirit moves us – convicts and convinces us that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life. the Holy Spirit primary purpose is to build the faith in you – we are called to believe. The Holy Spirit keeps life from truly becoming “Hell on Earth”. We need to put on the full armor of God everyday… Evil is really pulling so many people away from God these days. God dwells in us – we should be more careful about how we live our lives and take care of ourselves and the God within us. Although Pentecost will not come again, just like Christ’s Death and Resurrection were one time events, we should expect the “blessings of Pentecost” to continually happen – we are to be filled with Holy Spirit forever…”
John 14 – Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—