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The Spirit of liberty | Week of June 1

2 Corinthians 3:17, Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

From the sermon series: Pentecost, Chief Apostle Webcast

The Chief Apostle started with the story of the Gentile woman from Canaan in Matthew 15:21-28. When Jesus did not immediately help her demon-possessed daughter, she replied, “…even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from the masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” God has decided for now that we will get only crumbs (we cannot have communion, we cannot come to church, we cannot celebrate Pentecost together, etc.). But if God gives us crumbs, we will be blessed with crumbs! God has changed our plans, but He has not changed His plan! He still leads His people into His kingdom – He comforts, strengthens, and blesses us. Our Father will not forget us!

The Chief Apostle went on to describe the mission of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and our mission, for which the Holy Spirit enables us.

  1. Prophesy in word and deed the gospel of Christ: This means that we announce the will of God to the world around us. The teaching of Jesus is still valid – the Sermon on the Mount, the Golden Rule – and we should act accordingly. This also includes using the resources of the earth more wisely. This is an expression of our love for God and our neighbor.
  2. Gather the flock: The church of Christ should be an image for the unity of the triune God. The first Christians had to deal with this in a very real way as Jews and Gentiles came together in congregations. Our differences are perhaps not so extreme as theirs, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome these “gaps,” and see that every soul has the same value to God and should for us as well. The Holy Spirit enables us to overcome self-interest and contribute to the wellbeing of all.
  3. Transform into the image of Christ: The Holy Spirit doesn’t change our situation. He changes us so that we can persevere through the situation. How will we come back to church? Perhaps some things should change. We must resolve to change.

Journal Prompt: Make a list of some of the ways your life has changed through the power of the Holy Spirit, and some ways that you still want to change. Write a prayer of thanks to God for these changes, and also ask for the strength to continue changing your “inner man.”

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