JesusContinued

Written by cycleguy on September 28th, 2017

Francis Chan once wrote:

We all see problems in the church. We don’t need another book to point them out. We need the faith to believe that the solution is really quite simple: the Holy Spirit.

What he says is absolutely true. While no follower of Christ would deny His existence, I’m willing to bet there are millions of church-goers across our nation who have no clue who the Holy Spirit is, nor could they confidently say they have experienced His presence in their life.

We set ourselves up for this you know? The benchmark of success in churches has waffled-no make that bee-lined- from purpose and lives being changed to attendance and sometimes the offering. Far more than we would like to admit many churches adopted the “entertainment” mentality of the 80s-90s, i.e. entertain the people or they will get bored with church and go to the one that does it best. We became a church nation of church hoppers looking for the next, best fix.

Who got lost? The Holy Spirit. What go lost? Well, in the words of Bono (whose music I’m not really a fan of) but with whom I can agree on this: “Religion is what happens when the Spirit has left the building.” We can preach without Him. We can have discussions about the Holy Spirit and not have a clue of His powerful effect on a person’s life. And, of course, there are those who can make wild claims of the Holy Spirit’s work and be totally empty or lying or a heretic.

This Sunday, as part of the “Hills” series, I am preaching on the Holy Spirit, or as J.D.Greear calls Him: “Jesus, Continued.” His thought, which I will be focusing on, is “The Spirit inside you is better than the Jesus beside you.”  I’d appreciate your prayers for me and for the folks who listen.

 

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. I love that quote from Bono, Bill, because it is spot-on. Church is not about entertainment, it’s about worship, and I agree that the Holy Spirit is NOT discussed and contemplated enough. “Jesus, continued” is a wonderful way to interpret it.
    I’ll be praying for you!
    Blessings!

  2. Ed says:

    You are always in my prayers!

  3. Pam says:

    I would love to hear this sermon, Bill. Just this little taste has peaked my interest! Praying for you!

  4. floyd says:

    Not sure how I missed this. But glad I caught it. Love that quote, Mr. 60’s and 70’s guy.

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