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The Age of the Spirit
“How can you tell if the church if following the leading of the Holy Spirit?” How would you answer? I didn’t really like how the sermon ended this morning. I thought it needed something else but wasn’t sure what it was. Now that the sermon is over I think addressing this question might have provided a better ending. After stating the frightening possibility that we can do all the Lower Story church stuff WITHOUT the Spirit, it would have been good to examine the difference between doing church WITH the Spirit and doing church WITHOUT the Spirit.
The difference between the two is quite noticeable. The work of the Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The gifts of Spirit, when used properly, produce unity in the church (1 Corinthians 12:1-14).
We can know that we are following the leading of the Holy Spirit by answering one simple question? Are we becoming more and more like Jesus? That’s it! The Spirit of Jesus produces the attitudes of Jesus. The Spirit will lead us to acceptance of Jesus’ priorities. A church that follows the leading of the Spirit follows Jesus in his ministry of healing and helping people to find hope, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
If we leave the Spirit out as we go through the motions of doing church, we will see the “works of the flesh” being produced (Galatians 5:16ff). There will be envy, hatred, discord, selfishness, and on and on. The flesh and Spirit are in constant conflict. It is a battle we as a church must be willing to fight. This is why Paul, writing with the wisdom given by the Spirit, says, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:24-25). Amen! May we all humble ourselves so that Christ may live in us!