Who is the Holy Spirit? How would you describe the
Spirit’s person, personality, and work? This would be a good thing for each of us to explore and grow in our knowledge and experience.
Out of each person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the least known and referenced in the everyday life and experience of Christians. God the Father is referenced often in the sense of generalities of prayers and conversations as being the One True God and as Creator. Jesus is the most well known and referenced person of the Trinity, for good reason. We can understand Jesus as he became a human person, one with us in this way.
But what about the Holy Spirit? Its already been emphasized in our recent messages that the Holy Spirit is the activator and animator of breath and life. The Holy Spirit is described as wind and breath and fire. The Holy Spirit is the one who is the PRESENCE, POWER, and PURPOSE of God at work in and around us.
This Sunday, we look together at the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41.) As you read this account of Pentecost, take note of the fulfillment of Scripture from Joel 2:28-32 and Psalm 16:8-11. What are the gifts of the Spirit? How do we know that the Holy Spirit has come, is active and alive and at work in and around us?
See you Sunday!
Peter. What is Peter thinking? What is he feeling and experiencing after his denial of Jesus during his crucifixion, and now that Jesus is alive, risen? I can only imagine his guilt and shame.
Jesus tells the disciples to go to Galilee and he would meet them there. And when Jesus invites the disciples to share a breakfast meal of fish and bread I can imagine the mixed feelings and emotions raging inside of Peter. It would have been difficult for Peter to even make eye contact with Jesus. As painful memories of his rejection of Jesus flood his heart and mind.
Read this amazing story from the Gospel of John chapter 21. How does Jesus restore Peter and bring reconciliation to the relationship between them? What do you notice about the repetition of their conversation? What affect might this have on Peter?
Shame can be a debilitating reality. It is probably our most limiting factor in following Jesus effectively and wholeheartedly. In order for us to love him well, and love others well, we must come face to face with the reality of shame. It affects all of us in powerfully negative ways, even significant ways we may not fully realize. Jesus brings the answer to our shame. He is the one who can free us from shame and release us to engage in an abundant life.
Come Sunday ready to receive the grace of Jesus and to give of yourself to Him,
See you Sunday, Peter Restored: This is what it looks like! from John 21. We will be having a second offering this week for Graduate Christian Fellowship on the campus of CU.