“And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
John’s disciple’s are not the only ones who need to be clued in who the Spirit is, what the Holy Spirit does in Salvation, and how the Holy Spirit wars against the flesh in our struggle for holiness. As a Pastor-Resident Theologian (and the guy who also places the water cups near the water dispenser on Sunday mornings) one of my concerns is making sure that my church family has a biblical understanding of doctrine and how that doctrine matters for all of life, because the Bible leads us to that end.
That means things like the Tri-unity of God, and the economy of the God head, and the relationship of the Father to the Son, the Son to Spirit, and the One God working together as three distinct Persons is important to life in the body of Christ as well as for Christian growth in knowledge and holiness.
So, that means for the next three Sundays that I am preaching I am going to be dealing with deep doctrinal issues as they relate to character & nature of the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit’s work in our redemption, and how the Spirit of Christ, in many ways, shouts a cry of war against our flesh. This way we can not only say that we have “…heard that there is a Holy Spirit,” instead we can say we know His presence, His power, and His pleadings in our life. I will be sharing the sermons here at Raised3rdDay.