The moment that changed everything (also the Spirit as wind, fire…and speaking in tongues)- Acts 2, Part 2

This is the moment everything changed. Have you experienced one of those in your life? A 9/11 moment where you say, “Before that day life was one way, and now after that day, everything seems different.” It could be a job loss, a death of a loved one, a serious illness, or very positive events,Continue reading “The moment that changed everything (also the Spirit as wind, fire…and speaking in tongues)- Acts 2, Part 2”

How would you start a church? – Acts 2, Part 1

What would you do if you were starting a church from scratch?  Would you dream up a creative architectural design for a building that would draw attention from the community?  Would you focus on the gathering for worship and put together a certain kind of musical or artistic program?  Would it be multi-cultural?  What doctrinesContinue reading “How would you start a church? – Acts 2, Part 1”

Jesus' surprising instructions: Wait and Witness (what is that???) – Acts 1, Part 2

Yesterday I started what a series studying the book of Acts, and the central question we’ll be asking each week is this: How did the first Christians live as followers of Jesus, in their world? This week we are working through Acts 1. In the first three verses, we learned that, over the 40 daysContinue reading “Jesus' surprising instructions: Wait and Witness (what is that???) – Acts 1, Part 2”

How Should Christians Live in the World (Introducing Acts) – Acts 1, Part 1

How should Christians live in the world?  Do the Republicans have it right?  Should we follow the Democrats?  Is American life the way to go?  What about some other country, like England, that has a Christian heritage?  What about Spain or France or Italy which are predominantly Catholic nations.  Should we follow the Catholic way? Continue reading “How Should Christians Live in the World (Introducing Acts) – Acts 1, Part 1”

How to rip off labels stuck to you – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 5

Have you ever been a part of a sports team that wears jerseys with labels on them?  Usually a jersey has a team name, logo, and your player number. Some also include your last name and maybe a sponsor name and logo.  NASCAR driver uniforms have, perhaps, the most labels of all.   We, too, canContinue reading “How to rip off labels stuck to you – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 5”

The Already, but Not Yet Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 2

We are citizens of the Kingdom of God now.  What does that mean?  How does our citizenship in God’s Kingdom matter now? The answer to that question is something called, “the already, but not yet”.  We are a part of the Kingdom of God already, but that Kingdom has not yet come in its fullness. Continue reading “The Already, but Not Yet Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 2”

How to walk with the Holy Spirit every day – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 5

If you are a Christian, you carry the Holy Spirit around with you everywhere you go. So what? What does that matter? How do we live out our identity as temples of the Spirit? It starts with confession and repentance for the sin in our lives.  Admit it, and turn away from it.  One ofContinue reading “How to walk with the Holy Spirit every day – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 5”

How to be filled with (and quench) the Holy Spirit – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 4

Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Is it possible that you might have grieved or quenched the Spirit? We learned in the previous post that the Spirit of God is hard at work in lives.  But what if we don’t know it, or realize it, or feel it?  That would be a bummer, right? Continue reading “How to be filled with (and quench) the Holy Spirit – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 4”

How the Holy Spirit works in us – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 3

Your body is a temple. Have you ever heard that? What does it mean? If you google it, you’ll find lots of images of people exercising. When people say, “your body is a temple,” they are often referring to health and wellness.  So to treat your body right, you should exercise, eat healthy, and sleepContinue reading “How the Holy Spirit works in us – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 3”

Why it is good that Jesus left – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 1

Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 1 Which of the three persons of the Trinity do you identify most with?  God the Father, Jesus (who is God the Son), or the Spirit of God?  My guess is that for many (most?) the Spirit is in third place.  Why?  Because God the father is God. Continue reading “Why it is good that Jesus left – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 1”