Written by cycleguy on October 19th, 2018

I come from a tradition where talk of the Holy Spirit was almost nil. He was hush-hush. I’m not sure if that was because of ignorance or it was because of fear. My first exposure to someone raising their hands in worship (something I had never been exposed to but had read about) was at a youth conference I was attending. The worship leader was leading us in a song when several around me raised their hands. I kid you not: I broke out in a cold sweat wondering what was next.

I survived. Now I are one (as they say). But seriously, why was that even as issue? Why are there still people today who will not raise their hands because of a “theological problem” with it?  More importantly: why are we so closed off to that type of expression to the praise and glory of God?

There is an even greater problem underlying many churches and pastors today. We are afraid.  We are afraid to allow any semblance of emotion to be expressed. I’m not talking about excess. I’m not talking about the whooping and hollering and the devil-inspired jerking, rolling around on the floor, and barking like a dog we hear about. That is not godly. But we do have an elephant in the room. You see…there are two extremes (as I see it). Some pursue experience in the Spirit apart from the Word.  They listen for voices or seek “signs” from God. They seem to be always talking about what God “said to them.” At the other extreme is the one who seeks to know and obey the Word without any interaction with, or real dependence on, the Spirit. These people are often void of emotion and can become legalistic in their thinking.

My sermon this Sunday is entitled Jesus, Continued. I borrowed the title from a book I read several year ago.  As you might have guessed, the sermon is on the Holy Spirit. I’d appreciate your prayers for this message and those who listen. And, of course, the one who is bringing it. 🙂


7 Comments so far ↓

  1. You have my prayers, Bill!

  2. cycleguy says:

    When i 1st started coming to OVCF 4 1/2 yrs ago, the very 1st service i attended i raised my hands & a wave of emotion came over me, i cried. That in my eyes was the Holy Spirit filling me & letting me know he is with me! It isn’t something i think about, it’s just something that happens when i’m worshipping God!
    I understand some of the “older parishioners” find this way of worshipping “Pentecostal”
    I don’t tend to label, i would NEVER want to interfere with the way someone is communicating with the Holy Spirit or worshiping God. I love my church, my pastor, my church family.

  3. floyd samons says:

    I grew up in the same type of setting. People quoting Bible verses but not grasping the meaning behind them.

    Praying for you and your sermon, brother.

    • cycleguy says:

      Exactly Floyd. Although I don’t even remember any verses about the Holy Spirit mentioned. course I was fairly young (Jr/Sr High) so it is possible I missed them. Thanks for your prayers.

  4. Ed Damas says:

    I come from a church beginning where people “spoke in tongues” very loudly…in an absolutely dark room. Can you imagine what that sounded like…what that felt like? Of course, I jetted out of that particular “church” after that experience…and started going to a regular Christian church….one with windows in the room where the Son came though.
    I think that the majority of Christians today seek a God encounter, and that’s good. The problem is that we need broken hearts before and when we come to God.
    Praying for you always Bill