Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
I think there at least two problems we as a church need to deal with in discipling people to walk by the power of the Holy Spirit: 1) We don't teach how amazing the triune God is. As Ronald just referred to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in his reply, for some reason we don't know how intimately they are connected and how we may be intimately connected to them. We emphasize one of the persons of God above the other, when that should not be. John 14:115-29, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 and 1 Peter 1:2 are just some of the myriad of Scriptures of how the triune God relates to us.
2) We have defined repentance as saying a sinner's prayer to get forgiveness of sins. We have emphasized salvation as "fire insurance" to keep people from hell. However, Jesus came to bring people into his kingdom and to experience "life to the full." "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." He calls us to obedience and to a new life in him through his resurrection.
We experience God more fully, including his Spirit's power, when we seek to do God the Father's purpose through the work of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit reveals and empowers us. If we do not seek to obey God, whether he is calling us to wash dishes, clean toilets, submit to our boss at work, drive safely... and even ministering in and through your church, then we cannot experience God and the power of his Holy Spirit. Experiencing the Holy Spirit's power is very much practical in the ordinary actions of life, but it is based on knowing and doing the will of God. That is when we will most experience the Holy Spirit's power.
Peace be with you!
Praise the Lord!!! Brother Jerry, I am truly sorry that no one has responded to this discussion since you posted it. I have recently discovered this discussion and I am glad that I did because I know from my own experience that this is one of the topics that is causing much of the Body of Christ to have great difficulty in recieving all that the Father has for His Body which is the church of the living God. I truly do believe in the Power of the Holy Spirit and I have been a true witness to this power in my own life. I didn't realize at first that this power is much needed for the empowerment of the believer to fully get revelation of the scriptures. I believe that we must be "born again" to receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit. I believe that in order to do the will of the Father, we must first be "born again" and secondly we must be filled with the Spirit of God. Please help me out here, am I right on this or do I need a deeper study in and of the infilling of the Spirit of God. I can't wait for your response, thank you for this discussion, amen...
It is interesting to me that Paul frequently, when confronting error, lack of passion, apostasy, and other challenges with his flocks scattered around Asia, would appeal to how they had received the Holy Spirit. It must have been something personal, intense, "know-able," and in many cases very visual/visible (signs, miracles, wonders, tongues, etc). In addition - not in lieu of - the Holy Scriptures, the testimony of Jesus Christ, the preached Gospel, Paul appealed to personal experience of the grace, the gifts, the power, the fruit of the Holy Spirit to encourage, exhort, correct and reprove his flocks.
Are we missing something?
NOTE ~ This was originally in a topic on relying on the Holy Spirit’s power, hence the opening statement...