Summary: Message in a series of building a bridge to the community. This is talking about the power of the Holy Spirit and what we have to offer.
Note: I have used some other notes collected from other sermons over the years. Not sure who to reference but I am so thankful for their help.
Building a Bridge to the Community: Power of the Holy Spirit
Theme: to show the importance of the power of the Holy Spirit in winning our community to Christ.
We got two more messages to close this series of sermons out. What we have been talking about is how we can build a bridge to this community from the church. Actually our goal is to become that bridge that leads them to Christ (the cross).
So far we have said 1) non-judgmental attitude 2) pure love and 3) being next to His presence. Or we could say 1) repentance that comes from knowing we were in Christ and how He saved us and seeing others in the same light. 2)Love that is shown in four ways a) agape-unconditional b)philo – caring c) storge – relationship d)eros-pleasure 3)us having an intimate relationship with God. Something we can feel.
This relationship is a mystery. It is where we find our fulfillment. It is different. There is something soothing and fulfilling. It is was draws people to Christ. It was causes people to do strange things.
It caused the disciples to drop everything and follow Him. It causes many people to give up life and home because they found the greatest treasure. It caused people crowds and crowds of people to follow Christ. It was nothing for 5 -10 thousand people to gather around Christ.
It is what brings us our greatest purpose. When we know that there is something missing we find Christ. When we know that there is more out there than this physical world, we find Christ. When we just quit running and fall on our face before the Lord and say I give up, we find Christ.
It was cause you to do strange things as we see in this story of the woman who gave up everything to follow Christ.
Yet as this is such a great mystery I believe that there is a greater mystery that comes along with this relationship. It is this mystery that is many times the drawing power to Christ. It is not this mystery that saves people. When people try to be saved on this mystery then they are always looking for more. Yet it is that drawing power that is in our heritage and that which we can never escape or give up on. No matter how saficated we become.
Acts 1:7 And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
This is the power of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together (this was the attraction), and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.