Spirit

An Inner Spring (Isaiah 41:17-20)

An Inner Spring (Isaiah 41:17-20)

God provided water in the desert for Israel. Several Old Testament texts use the image of water to convey the promise of another event where God would provide water for those who are thirsty. So what does this have to do with Jesus? And with the Holy Spirit?

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (Romans 8:26-39)

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (Romans 8:26-39)

The story behind the hymn “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” is soul-stirring. What’s even more powerful is the text from which its ideas are drawn - Romans 8. We dive into this text in order to see the truths which ground our confidence in a divine love which will not let us go.

Responses to Questions: Part 12

Responses to Questions: Part 12

Responses to the Following Questions:

  1. Please explain Isaiah 30:20 - “Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them."

  2. According to 1 John 2:20 and2:27, I have received an anointing. What anointing did I receive? And who is the Him when it is “from Him”? Is this God the Father, God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit?

The Groaning of Creation (Romans 8:14-30)

The Groaning of Creation (Romans 8:14-30)

God’s creation is good. But it is not at rest. It is fallen. And it is groaning. We too groan within it, longing for something more, longing for a state like Eden without the curse of sin and death which affects all creation. Romans 8 helps us make sense of history and God’s redemptive plan by viewing it all through the lens of the resurrection - Phase 1 with Jesus and Phase 2 still in our future.

The General Resurrection (John 5:24-30)

The General Resurrection (John 5:24-30)

In exploring the general resurrection through 2 exciting passages, we reflect on 2 questions the Bible itself asks on our behalf: How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?

Baptism and God's Spirit: 5 Texts (John 3:1-8)

Baptism and God's Spirit: 5 Texts (John 3:1-8)

Why does the Bible so often connect water baptism with the work of the Holy Spirit? And is this the same as "baptism of/by the Holy Spirit"? We explore.

In Spirit and in Truth: 3 Layers (John 4:19-26)

In Spirit and in Truth: 3 Layers (John 4:19-26)

A conversation around a well in Samaria transitions from the life of a certain woman to a broader discussion of worship, but it is still directly related to her circumstances and potential barriers for her. Jesus offers a message of hope for her and in the process gives us a simple but profound understanding of worship by describing it in 2 words: SPIRIT and TRUTH. We peel back 3 layers of what may be embedded in those 2 words and see what the layers mean for our practice of worship.

Blasphemy of the Spirit (Matthew 12:30-32)

Blasphemy of the Spirit (Matthew 12:30-32)

When Jesus says that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit of God will not be forgiven, what does He mean? We look at the context and wording of all 3 Gospel accounts of this message, and we try to connect this teaching with the rest of Scripture and what we know about the work of the Spirit.

God's Spirit, Our Advocate (John 14:16-27)

God's Spirit, Our Advocate (John 14:16-27)

What Jesus is doing as our advocate in Heaven the Holy Spirit is doing in our hearts. We explore.

As Christ Loved the Church (Ephesians 5:21-33)

As Christ Loved the Church (Ephesians 5:21-33)

The Gospel and Marriage explain one another. Ephesians 5 has some essential insights into this mystery and how marriage can demonstrate the Gospel if we allow it to.