Holy Spirit Series
We are the body of Christ. As the body of Christ, we cannot live without the Holy Spirit. In the same way, the Church is made up of individual people with different skills, abilities and talents. When either the Church or church allows division to enter its ranks, the body becomes weak. Problems like tolerance of sin, worldliness, unholy disagreements, abuses of authority, leads to chaos and confusion. This is yet another example of why we cannot live without the Holy Spirit. The goal of the Holy Spirit is to promote unity, welcome diversity and grow into maturity. But this is contrary to our culture as we witness through the book of 1 Corinthians.
Culture is not a bad thing. Culture has a major impact on how a person lives, thinks and behaves. Culture can go too far though. It can lead you away from God and focusing on things that were not intended to be so. For example, it can turn asking for help into a shameful or embarrassing event. Culture can put the focus on being self-reliant or independence; making the new culture all about self. This is where the Trinity comes into focus as it shows us how we (individually and corporately) can work together to serve God as he desires.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 demonstrates the Trinity: 1) God the Father wills it. 2) God the Son (Jesus) administrates it. 3) God the Holy Spirit manifests it. To manifest the will and purpose of God means to bring those things into reality; to make it happen. What the Holy Spirit wants to make happen both in the Church and in our lives are: order, power and life.
Order is the foundation on which the Holy Spirit works. Genesis 1: 2-4 demonstrates that order is important. God will not bless a mess, he requires order. The church in Corinth was a mess. There was disarray, confusion, poor theology. There was no order. Paul was urging the people to stop doing their own thing and to follow what the Holy Spirit had ordained. Once order was obtained, it would lead to power.
Christians are not called to be nominal. Christian lives should not be lived without purpose or lived in mediocrity. Paul tells the Corinthians that they needed to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. He also tells believers that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and then did great things if God’s name (Acts 10:38). Christ gave us this same anointing, same power. Being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit should allow Christians to manifest the will and purpose of God.
When you allow sin to control you, it leads to death. The opposite of death is life. Life means that you allow the Holy Spirit to control your mind and actions. The Spirit of God lives within every believer and brings eternal life to our mortal bodies (See Romans 8: 6-11). When the people of God are functioning within the gifts of the Spirit, it is meant to be good for everyone, not just the believer alone. This gives life not only to the believer, but to others as well. As the wise philosopher Braveheart said, “Every man dies, but not every man lives.” True life depends on the Holy Spirit being at work in, and through you!
To view the service & listen to the full sermon by Pastor Armand on 8/30/20 click here:The One Person That We Can’t Live Without Pt 3