I am excited to be here as we continue our conversation about the Holy Spirit. We are discussing our new series called Holy Spirit: The Third Person of the Trinity. We previously learned How the Holy Spirit Improves Your Life. Today we will look at the role of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
If you are a believer, you have the Holy Spirit residing in you. He is a force to be reckoned with and by that, I mean that He is all-powerful. He is the Third Person of the Trinity, He is God who has come to dwell in believers. Before we go too far, let’s answer two questions.
What is the Church?
Often when we talk about the church, we picture in our minds our local church building. When the community around us talks about church, we look at their building. But that is not what Scripture means when “church” is mentioned.
Church is made up of believers, the people who attend the church building on a regular basis. They have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour and now have the assurance of eternal life with God in heaven.
We are the Church, the body of Christ. If you were to do a search through the Concordance for the phrase “members of one body,” you would find six references in the King James Version. Let’s take a look at them.
Two references in Matthew are referring to the physical body so we’ll ignore those.
Do you have your Bible with you? Turn with me to Romans 12:4-5 where we read that there are many members of one body but not everyone has the same responsibility. And, here’s the best part, that we are interconnected with each other in the body of Christ. God did not intend for us to live our lives alone, we are designed to need each other.
1 Corinthians 12:12,18
Let’s turn the pages to 1 Corinthians 12:12 and 18.
Paul teaches us that the body of Christ is one but has many members and that God has set each believer in the body of Christ as it pleases Him. He has a purpose and a plan for you in His Body.
You can continue reading 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 as it gives the full description of how the body of Christ works together. It also mentions the offices of the Body, that is, the giftings of those He has called to be in certain positions. We’ll look at them in another study.
So, we can conclude that the church is not a building but a group of believers who make up the Body of Christ. We each have functions in the Body and we all need each other. Would you agree to this conclusion?
How is a Church Powerful?
A powerful church doesn’t mean that people are strong physically. Nor does it mean that people have money and are getting their own way.
A powerful church is much more than that. It is a body of believers that does three very important activities on a regular basis. And, what wraps it all together is One Person, Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit is THE Powerful Source in the Body of Christ. The role of the Holy Spirit in the church is vital to the life of the church. Is He allowed full reign in your church?
A local body of believers is part of the whole Body of Christ. And for this study, I want to look at your local body, your church.
Are you a praying church? Does your pastor call for fasting with prayer? Do you have a week of prayer, at least, annually? Has your church had a month of prayer, seeking God for His direction?
A powerful church is a praying church. A praying church is a strong church. And a strong church is a powerful church with the Holy Spirit leading it. You will recognize when the Holy Spirit is allowed to function in your church leadership.
Holy Spirit is Present
Not all churches allow the Holy Spirit to roam as He wills within their church. Many don’t recognize what the role of the Holy Spirit in the church actually is.
These churches speak of Him and teach of what He does but they do not give Him free access to their services or possibly even to their individual lives.
A powerful church is one who is sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and allows Him to move freely in their lives. The pastor may prepare his sermon during the week but if he senses in his spirit that the Holy Spirit wants him to speak on something different at the last moment, he is obedient. He moves in the flow of the Holy Spirit.
When the pastor allows the Holy Spirit to take over the service, you have a strong, powerful church. You also have a pastor who is sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in his personal life too. When he prays, you will sense his reliance on the Holy Spirit by the very words he prays.
His attitude of obedience acknowledges the role of the Holy Spirit in the church. He, Pastor, knows how important He, Holy Spirit, is in the body of Christ.
The body of Christ is an active body, one that cares for each other. Paul teaches us to build up the body, to equip the saints. We are to exhort one another in love.
We are to carry each other’s burdens. A word that is used a lot these days is community. The first-century church definitely displayed community.
Not only are we to show compassion for each other, but we are to be compassionate to those outside the body.
Compassion for the lost, whether they wear power suits and work in highrise buildings or they are the ones we see sleeping on sidewalks and park benches.
Holy Spirit is full of compassion. Jesus, when He walked the streets, had loads of compassion for the local people. He never turned anyone away. He never sent anyone home without tending to their basic needs.
I’m not speaking of giving them a basket of food. Jesus did so much more than that. He touched them. The leper who was an outcast to society, He touched. He healed. He spoke kindly to them. And He even fed people. He oozed compassion.
We can take His lead and reach out to the less fortunate in our cities and towns. The lost people need us as we can offer them the best thing ever and that is Jesus. Do you remember Peter and John, how they gave the best thing they could to the lame man? It wasn’t silver or gold, it was healing. They spoke faith, the lame man received it and rose up healed, Acts 3:6.
Here’s a great post by Katrina D. Hamel who wrote about When We are the Lame Beggar. Very interesting!
Compassion. A strong, powerful church, led by the Holy Spirit is a compassionate church.
A Powerful Force in the Church
So, this is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, but we’ve just learned that the church is the body of believers making up the Body of Christ. We also learned that to be a strong, powerful church we need three elements. Well, one actually, because from Him, everything else flows.
Holy Spirit. Oh, how we need Holy Spirit to roam freely in our lives! What does this look like, a Holy Spirit-led life?
It is a prayerful life. Paul teaches that we should pray without ceasing as we give thanks in everything.
In another study, we will talk about how the Holy Spirit helps us pray. We will also have another study on walking in the Spirit or being led by the Spirit. Such good topics!
A life led by Holy Spirit is also a compassionate life. The fields are white, the harvest is ready but the workers are few. How sad!
Are you sensitive toward others, toward those who are down and out, those who need a hand-up?
What about those who look strong and assertive and don’t need anyone but themselves? Are they not just as lost?
Are we compassionate enough to share the best of what we have…Jesus?
These questions above, help us to learn what the role of the Holy Spirit in the Church is all about.
That’s a Wrap
What can we conclude from this study on the role of the Holy Spirit in the Church?
A Spirit-led church is one that prays, allows the Spirit to have free access and is a compassionate church.
Yet, there is so much more to it and we will be touching on it in the coming studies in this series.
Would you like to add anything? Is there anything that you need to do? I would love to hear from you in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by today. It’s been a pleasure to have you join me in this quick study.
Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
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