Bethel Baptist Church
Worship Service @ Home
7 May 2023
“Onions give flavour to the cooking. To make a difference in our lives we need to stay connected to the Holy Spirit and receive that extra special quality that comes from the Lord.”
Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.Gal. 5:16
Walking in the new way of the Spirit is a big subject that in fact refers to our whole Christian life. How do we do it? Well, it is not a deeply mystical matter rather one of putting into practice the basics of the faith:
(1) Realise that we always have the Holy Spirit in us
All believers receive the Holy Spirit at their new birth:
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of … the Spirit … the Spirit gives birth to spirit … You must be born again [born from above; born of the Spirit].”John 3:3-7
(2) Learn to recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit
Again this is something that is basic to our faith in Jesus Christ because the voice of the Spirit will never contradict the Word of Scripture. The Holy Spirit is the one who has inspired the people who have written the Scriptures,
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way.2 Tim. 3:16
So we cannot claim that the Spirit spoke to us if it contradicts the Scripture. The main way that the Spirit speaks to us is through the Scriptures!
(3) Obey what He tells us
Christians get messed up when they start to disobey the Lord.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.James 1:22
(4) Spend quality time with Him
Often when we close a worship service we say what has become known as “The Grace”, based on:
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.2 Corinthians 13:14
This is how ‘The Message’ translates it: “The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ; the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” The Holy Spirit is our intimate friend and we should spend quality time with Him and the more we do so the more we will learn to discern His voice, His leading, His guidance.
(5) Spend quality time with His people
And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Hebrews 10:24-25
I am strengthened and encouraged after meeting up with God’s people. Jesus said where two or three gather in His Name He is there in the midst meaning by the Spirit. So let’s not give up meeting with one another and the Holy Spirit!
Conclusion – As we put these and other basics of the faith into practice we will find we are growing stronger in the faith and this will help us to walk in the Spirit and not fulfil the lust of the old nature, Amen!
Quote of the week
“Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”
Corrie Ten Boom
Verse of the week
The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with His hand.Psalm 37:23-24
Heavenly Father, pray help us to walk with You and serve You in the new way of the Spirit , bearing fruit for You and living holy lives, in Jesus Christ, Amen.