Autumn 2015 – Morning Sermon Series

Autumn 2015 - Morning Sermon Series

faith-sharingOver September – at CTK and the 9am / 1045 services at Holy Trinity – we’ll be looking again at our purpose of “living for Jesus, loving one another, setting a table for the world.”

We’ll begin with Zacchaeus, who in some ways sums up all three and demonstrates all three beautifully. Then a week on each of the purposes, before finishing with Harvest Celebration which might have strong elements of all three?

forgotten_godThen we’re going to kick off a series called “People of the Spirit”, looking at who the Holy Spirit is, and what he does in our lives day by day. We’re inviting small groups across the parish to work through Francis Chan’s book “Forgotten God”, so it seems best to leave the last word to him!

 ‘I don’t want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit. I want people to look at my life and know that I couldn’t be doing this by my own power. I want to live in such a way that I am desperate for Him to come through….

…There was a time when I got excited over a crowd showing up to hear me preach, but those days are long gone. Now I deeply desire that the Spirit of God would do things that I know are not of me and that cannot be faked or accounted for by human reason…. He wants us to walk in step with the Spirit rather than depend solely on the raw talent and knowledge that he has given us….

… And while I might be able to get people in the doors of a church or auditorium if I tell enough jokes or use enough visuals, the fact remains that I cannot convince people to be obsessed with Jesus. Perhaps I can talk people into praying a prayer, but I cannot talk anyone into falling in love with Christ. I cannot make someone understand and accept the gift of grace. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. So by every measure that actually counts, I need the Holy Spirit. Desperately.’

 

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