To Make us Holy Channels
In this series we are seeking to open ourselves afresh to the difference the Holy Spirit makes, what He does, and how his unique touch creates the Body of Christ. Over the first three weeks we have seen how Father, Son & Holy Spirit give extravagant experiential gifts all with the sole purpose of keeping that Body Jesus shaped, secondly we have seen that being more and more Jesus shaped needs to be our chief desire, and last week Peter showed us that such a Jesus Shaped Body can in the power of the Spirit take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. This week we see that the Spirit Without Measure is Holy and flowing, not religious and stagnant, and if our lives are to be of use to the Lord we need to become like Holy Channels of His Grace and Transforming presence to others.
We preach Christ crucified
1 Cor 1:23 :
I would like to introduce you to the Trumpton Fire Brigade, Pugh, Pugh, Barney Magrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb, and their leader Captain Flack.
They deal with all sorts of problems; Replacing Queen Victoria’s crown to the statue in the market place, Rescuing window cleaners who loose their ladders, Search for missing artists, Put up band posters, and once they had a call because something was burning – however this was only due to a crossed line as it was Chippy Minton’s dinner that was burning in the oven as he was late!
Never once do they put out a fire in any of the stories. They are only on because the Trumpton programme always ends in the same way, a band concert in the park – and who supplies the band – the fire brigade.
To Make us More Like Jesus
Galatians 5:22-25, John 3:27-30
In this series we are seeking to open ourselves afresh to the difference the Holy Spirit makes, what He does, and how his unique touch creates the Body of Christ. Last week we saw how Father, Son & Holy Spirit give extravagant experiential gifts all with the sole purpose of keeping that Body Jesus shaped. This week I want us all to understand that the Spirit Without Measure is given to those who are Jesus shaped because that’s the Fathers purpose (to restore His image in us). Therefore our number one passion needs to be that goal of becoming more like Jesus, which unsurprisingly we can only achieve with the Spirit’s help. When we are Jesus shaped His ministry will naturally continue in and through us.
Extravagant Gifts from Father, Son & Holy Spirit
Lord we pray that you would speak to us by your word: let it be rich in its anointing, deep in its fulness, and powerful in its application.