DATES: Sunday 3rd July to Sunday 31st July 2022
WHAT WE WANT FOR PEOPLE: To have a fresh encounter and fresh revelation of the Holy Spirit. That Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit that we might be empowered to live in and carry out His Kingdom in our everyday lives.
BOOK/THEME: The Holy Spirit
Key theological points:
As we begin our series on the Holy Spirit – lets set some foundational theology. Foundations that probably need to be repeated each week as we explain another facet of the work of the Holy Spirit
- God exists in perfect community – He is Father Son and Spirit. The Trinity
- God has always existed as the Trinity
- The Holy Spirit is God – He is eternal, all powerful, all knowing, always present. He is love
- He is in no way inferior to the Father and the Son – He is co-equal
- The Holy Spirit’s work did not start on the Day of Pentecost – we are going to see how He has always been at work in creation and with people
Great Video from N.T Wright which provides good overview for this series
Another helpful document is the Nicene Creed- the early church Fathers, guided by the Holy Spirit wrestled through the understanding of who God is to pen these words
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father; God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God; begotten not made, one in being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven. By the power of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the Virgin Mary and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again, in fulfillment of the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, He is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen