Eight Sermons on the Holy Spirit – starting 1 August
In every family there are relatives the family does not speak much about, try to forget, or find it difficult to engage with. They are a kind of unmentioned ones of the family, who soon become the ’forgotten ones.’
Sadly the Holy Spirit is like that in the church. He is the third person of the the triune God, but you hardly hear him mentioned in sermons, maybe he is briefly added at the end of a prayer, but we, the church, don’t speak much about him. We find it hard to engage with him. God, yes, the creator, sustainer, he is fine, we can talk about him, we can even talk to him in our prayers. Jesus, his teachings and miracles, death and resurrection, Christmas and Easter, these are intriguing, and worth talking about. But the Holy Spirit, we are uncertain about him, he is not tangible enough for our minds and hearts. For many the Holy Spirit is a kind of figure of speech for spiritual matters.
Yet the Bible reveals him as a person, the third person of the triune God, without whom we would not have the Bible (2 Peter 1:21), without whom new life is not possible for us (John 3:5), without whom we would not be able to confess Jesus is Lord (1 Corinthians 12:3), without whom we have no power to be witnesses of Christ in the world (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit is our Comforter who guides us into all truth, reveals Christ, and makes us holy.
He is not just exciting and optional, but essential for our Christian faith and life! Therefore I am inviting you to explore the truth of Scripture together in our sermons series to get to know the Forgotten One (eight sermons in August and September) – not just to know about him, but to be filled by the Spirit, being enriched by his gifts, to bear the fruits of the Spirit, to live life to the full as Jesus intended it for us.