Monthly Archives: March 2011

Holiness and the Holy Spirit

Holiness comes from submitting our lives to the will of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us after we are born again. We don’t work to be righteous so that we can receive the Holy Spirit. We believe on Jesus so that we may receive that Holy Spirit who changes our hearts.

Morality and righteousness are truths that need to be declared at every level of society but as followers of Jesus we cannot divorce the changing of the human heart from the power of the Holy Spirit. God calls us to be holy (1 Peter 1:16) and even to be perfect (Matthew 5:48) and in order to fulfill this calling He sacrificed His Son so that our sins may be forgiven and that His Spirit could live inside of us.

Our message must not be repentance and righteousness. It is not enough to ask people to obey the Ten Commandments and live morally upright lives. We cannot expect holiness from those who have not received the Holy Spirit. If we do, we are asking people to accomplish through the power of their will what only grace can provide. Our message must be that of the apostles: Continue reading

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Consumers and Producers

Many times in the body of Christ the tendency is to get trapped in an either/or situation between consumer and producer. We tend to voluntarily separate ourselves between those of us who sit in pews or padded chairs and those of us who are involved in the ministry. The Bible does not make this distinction. We are all called to be fed and grow in the spirit and we are all called to give and produce spiritual fruit. Continue reading

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