What Does A Spirit Filled Community Look Like?
Sep 01, 2019
Phil looked at what a Spirit-Filled Community looks like.
Due to technical difficulties, almost none of Phil's preach was recorded.
• Thinking over the summer what makes us different?
• Want to start this term setting the scene for the Autumn
Zechariah 4 v 6
God is at work and all His good deeds, including the construction of the second temple ( replaced solo mins original temple) symbolic of the temple that would be built by Coming of Jesus.
“Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to you: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
Zechariah 4:6 NLT
God will build his Church
Not by force - which he could do like a dictator or as King Nebukanezer did by sending out a decree that the people should worship some foreign god
Or using his might strength - as he is more powerful than anyone or anything and could so easily step in and reform the world just how he pleases
No he chose to build his church the the Holy Spirit who reveals the love of the father to us and leads us into all truth
““Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike. And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth— blood and fire and columns of smoke.”
Joel 2:28-30 NLT
Which is what Peter referred to on the day of Pentecost when he preached
PowerPoint slide - Gods presence with us in our meetings
Acts 2 v 42
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”
Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47 NLT
This is our example of what a spirit filled community looks like
We want to see spirit filled communities all over the Peak District
God the Holy Spirit
For every age -
• My first memory of an encounter with the Holy Spirit is when I was 8. I knew he was present, I felt his touch, I was overwhelmed by his presence. On the other end Andrew Davies shared a story with us of a man who's first encounter with God the Holy Spirit later in life when he was a pensioner. He was completely overwhelmed by the Spirits presence
For every social standing
• There is no class system in heaven. Neal has often mentioned that the enemy tries to make us feel like some second class Christian.
No matter what class our society may label us as, whether we have money or not or good paid job or not God the Holy Spirit is for you.
For every nationality
• From every tribe tongue and nation God will have a people for himself. We have very little diversity in the area and therefore in the church also. But we have south African, Indian, Carabbean, Irish, as well as English.
Gods new community only happens by the Holy Spirit, theres lots of counterfeits out there, there losts that have settled for less that God intended best.
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions until he reached Ephesus, on the coast, where he found several believers. “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them. “No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” “Then what baptism did you experience?” he asked. And they replied, “The baptism of John.” Paul said, “John’s baptism called for repentance from sin. But John himself told the people to believe in the one who would come later, meaning Jesus.” As soon as they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.
Acts of the Apostles 19:1-6 NLT
If we are a community of the Holy Spirit and we are expectant that theHoly Spirit will be present every time we meet together, that is to be more treasured than Gold may i suggest we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit on an ongoing basis.
Have you received the Holy Spirit?
Do you need refilling?
When did you last use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Lets start thus new term with fresh filling and expectancy that the Holy Spirit wil be present with us in increasing measure every-time we meet together.
What experience have you had with the Holy Spirit?
What signs are there that we are a spirit filled Community?
How can we be more like the early Church that we read of in acts 2?
Did you recieve the Holy Spirit when you believed?