Summary: See how the Apostles and the Prophets are the foundation and Jesus Christ the Cornerstone, and everything is built upon this, including the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Grieving the Holy Spirit
Part 3 – The Foundation of the Spirit
Rev. Bruce A. Shields
First Baptist Church Tawas City Michigan
Welcome to the First Baptist Church of Tawas City Michigan.
We are glad you are here this beautiful morning, joining us in our worship and praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We began our series a couple weeks ago on grieving the Holy Spirit, we first talked about the three ‘do nots’, which were; Do not resist the Holy Spirit, Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, and Do not quench the Holy Spirit.
Last week we talked about Spiritual Renewal and how it takes place, and how vital it is for the existence of the Body of Christ.
Without the Holy Spirit there is no Body of Christ.
This week we are going to talk more about the foundation that is needed for the Holy Spirit to exist within the Body of Christ.
Last week I mentioned the four elements that are necessary for a Spiritual Renewal to even be possible;
1. We must WAKE UP and realize we need Spiritual Renewal in the Body.
2. We must CLEANS OURSELVES of anything that would offend God and prevent Him from communing with us.
3. We must approach God on the right terms, HIS TERMS.
4. We must PRAY without ceasing.
Once we meet these requirements, our process of Spiritual Renewal can begin!
Spiritual renewal MUST take place on an individual basis if we are to experience any sort of renewal as a body.
We each need to individually;
1. Confess known sin to God.
2. Deal with the doubtful areas of our lives.
3. Obey the Holy Spirit.
4. Confess Christ publicly.
When we do this in our personal lives, we, as a whole, will bring God’s Holy Spirit to this place when we gather together to worship Him.
The more individuals who are bringing God’s Holy Spirit, the more this place, as a whole, and this body of believers, will be able to meet with God and hear from God.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who labor, do so in vain.”
PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT AND UNDERSTANDING OF HIS MOST HOLY WORD
With everything that has been happening in the past few months, there has been a lot of questions about what we as a church believe, and what do the Baptists believe, and even the question,
“Is the First Baptist church the same as a regular Baptist Church?”
Like we’re irregular or something?
Although we really shouldn’t be so concerned about denominations, since Christ calls the Body of Christ to be unified and denominations only divide, but wanting to understand what the denomination you belong to believes is a legitimate concern.
There has been much confusion about the Baptists beliefs and the beliefs of this church.
We, as the First Baptist Church of Tawas City Michigan, are members of the American Baptists.
First Baptists are the same as American Baptists.
A little history lesson here;
Bear with me; I will give you the Cliff Notes version.
In 1638 Roger Williams established the First Baptist Church in America in Rhode Island.
Their government in Rhode Island became the first in history founded on the guarantee of absolute religious freedom.