DHBC/Jan 2016 Newsletter
The Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Surgeon, would write his sermons on an envelope and he’d carry that theological manuscript in his hand as he went to the pulpit. As he walked he would prayer to himself, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, I believe in the Holy Spirit.” Then he would preach his sermon. He surmised that his dependency must be from God’s Holy Spirit reminding him what the Holy Spirit had told him to speak about, as he studied the days before Sunday arrived. Since reading this story, I’ve thought about this over and over again. I’m glad the Holy Spirit is there for us on a daily basis, but need to be reminded that God’s Holy Spirit helps us more often than we give Him credit for. R.C. Sproul said that the Holy Spirit waits to be invited. It is as if the Holy Spirit is behind a door and waits patiently.
The purpose of the Holy Spirit in the world, according to John 16:13-15, is to point men, women, boys and girls to Jesus Christ. The truth, into which the Holy Spirit guides us, is the truth about Jesus. God the Holy Spirit, God the Son and God the Father are all working in unison with each Person of the God Head. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
The Life Application Bible states that, in the book of Acts, believers received the Holy Spirit in a variety of ways. Usually the Holy Spirit would fill a person as soon as he or she professed faith in Christ. In Acts 19, that filling happened later because these disciples’ knowledge was incomplete. God was confirming to these believers, who did not initially know about the Holy Spirit, that they were a part of the church. The Holy Spirit’s filling endorsed them as believers. Pentecost was the formal out pouring of the Holy Spirit on the church. The mark of the true church is not only right doctrine, but right actions, which would be evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work.
In 2016 listen to the tender Holy Spirit. If you’re not reading the Bible or good doctrinal books, how can the Holy Spirit remind you of what you don’t know? When the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, our doctrine and actions will be evident of His presence.
Believing in the tender Holy Spirit helps us to touch lives and building meaningful relationships to the Glory of God!!
Drexel Heights Church
2802 Mossman Road Tucson, AZ 85746