Pentecost at Living Stones Church

Posted: May 28, 2007 in Confession, Discipleship, Doctrine, faith, Living Stones Church, worship

2007 Pentecost at the Living Stones Church has come and gone.  Some of the highlights are:

  • Impromptu question and answer session in the middle of the welcome and announcements!  So that everyone is clear and on the same page: 1) we are starting growth groups on the week of June 10th.  If you happen to sign up for a growth group that would have started on Sunday afternoon of June 10th you will begin a week later or reschedule for another time so we can go to Potato Creek; 2) our combined worship with and at Kingdom Life Christian Catheral on June 3rd at 4:00 p.m. is an additional service to our one at 10:00 a.m. 
  • Normal attendance was definitely effected by Memorial Day travel plans and graduations (although still up 38% from last year’s Memorial Day weekend).
  • Several new guests.
  • Looked like some good prayer time was happening after the service.
  • Preaching on the Holy Spirit…and making up new grammatical phrases as I went along (I should have majored in English!).
  • I love the song I Am Free.  Noticed a new ending to Deeper, which I enjoyed – and watched baby Gwen worshiping with gusto during the opening song.

Follow up from message.  Let me encourage you to spend time (daily if possible) praying and seeking after the things of the Spirit.  Trust and depend on Him to reveal Jesus’ truth to you in every aspect of your life this week.  Ask him to produce greater fruit in your life (and prune those areas that are keeping you from producing more).  And place yourself in ministry-life-opportunities that require empowerment and gifting from the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the dynamic, life-giving, empowering gift of God that desires for you to live a miraculous life!  There are things that come into our life that we can only overcome though the supernatural empowerment of the Holy Spirit.  However, one of the principles of the Kingdom of God (in the main) is that God does not force himself on you.  If you don’t want more of him, he will not force himself on you.  But it is God’s great pleasure to give you more of the Holy Spirit.  Simply ask, seek, and knock.

  1. Melissa says:

    I volunteered to help with VBS, Sam!! No way am I getting through that without a little Holy Spirit!

  2. Melissa!!

    Right on! You’ll love it. And…the kids will love you! And yes, you’ll need the Holy Spirit to get you through it. But it will be great. My guess is that by the end of the week there will be at least one little face that you can’t get out of your heart.

    Thanks for volunteering!

  3. Doug says:

    Thought this was a neat thought from another great Penetecost sermon:

    “Because, you see, at the heart of Pentecost, in Acts and actually in John as well, the coming of the Spirit is all about the launching of the new Temple. In Judaism, heaven and earth overlapped in the Temple; but now, says Luke, Jesus is the one who has taken earth, in his own person, his own human body, right into heaven; and the Spirit is the corollary of this, the life of heaven becoming manifest and powerful here on earth. Heaven and earth are thus locked together in a firm and unbreakable Trinitarian embrace, as God the Father welcomes the human Son, the first-fruits of the new creation, into his rightful seat as Lord of the World, and pours out his own Spirit upon Jesus’ followers so that they can both be and accomplish new creation in themselves and in the world. “

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