At Grace Church we’re in a series looking at our convictions & aspirations when it comes to church & discipleship. It is about saying what we believe to be true and at the same time what we wish to be true for us (but may not always be the case).
This third session looked at what we mean to be a church empowered by the Spirit. All Christians, in some sense, are Spirit-filled people. No one is a Christian without the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, no one grows in Christ-likeness on their own without the help of the Spirit.
We notice in the list of gifts in 1 Cor 12, Rom 12, Eph 4 and 1 Peter 4 three different types of gifts – gifts we have (say administration), gifts we receive (prophesying) and gifts we become (evangelist or apostle). I believe the church grows best when all its members use all three types of these gifts.
We want to be a church empowered by the Spirit for Christ’s mission and the glory of God.
For a full treatment of this I’d recommend Terry Virgo’s The Spirit Filled Church