A Spirit-Filled Church

Do you worship with a church that is primarily concerned with getting it right and doing it right and not doing something wrong?

A church that is a little afraid to do anything because it might not be directly authorized by scripture and might be wrong?

Do you gather with saints who speak mostly of duty and law and authority and judgment?

You’re not alone, and there are many more like you who yearn to be free to worship every day.

Here is something you are free to do and it’s authorized by scripture:

Pray for your church.

Jesus prayed for His church, with some of the last breaths He took as a mortal (John 17).

Paul prayed for the churches in Rome (Romans 1:8-10), Ephesus (Ephesians 1:16), Philippi (Philippians 1:4), Colossae (Colossians 1:3), Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 1:2),  He prayed for them constantly, always, without stopping — those phrases characterize his descriptions of his prayers for them.

Pray that your fellow believers will receive the Holy Spirit, and receive power and wisdom through Him, just as those in scripture did (Acts 8:15; Ephesians 3:16; Colossians 1:9).

Pray in the Spirit (Romans 8:26; Ephesians 6:18; Jude 1:20).

Pray in faith (Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24).

Pray boldly to be able to speak boldly. Pray for God to stretch out His hand. Pray for your church to be shaken (Acts 4:23-31).

Ask for the Holy Spirit for yourself, as well (Luke 11:13). He is a promise made to you (Acts 2:37-39).

Then have the courage to start being the answer to your prayers (1 Corinthians 16:13).

It’s important! Vitally, crucially, eternally important!

And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who livesin you.” ~ Romans 8:9-11

If you can’t see words in scripture that say the Holy Spirit of God and of Jesus Christ is now just a passive, passe, common enthusiasm like the “Spirit of St. Louis,” then it’s not true.

If you can’t see words in scripture that say the Holy Spirit is now just present in you only through your reading of scripture, then it’s not true.

If you can’t see words in scripture that say the Holy Spirit will stop living within, working within, comforting from within, empowering from within, then it’s not true.

If you can’t see words in scripture that say the Holy Spirit “living in you” is just a metaphor; just a simile; just a manner of speaking, then it’s not true.

No matter how many times you hear it; no matter how loudly it’s repeated; no matter how hard the pulpit is pounded when it’s said, it’s not true.

It’s a lie. And it’s from Satan. And it’s designed to de-emphasize, demoralize, and de-energize the church that Christ died to empower with the gospel of truth: the Spirit is His free gift to us, and through that Spirit, life without end.

That life begins in the here-and-now; a life that lives in Christ, for Christ, through Christ by the power of His Spirit living in you.

The utter, plain, inarguable truth of that is the reason that Paul could claim:

I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. ~ Colossians 1:25-28

If you want to worship with a Spirit-filled church, be a Spirit-filled person.

Let it begin with you.

Stand for the truth.

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4 thoughts on “A Spirit-Filled Church

  1. We attend a church in a small town (1400 pop.) in Central Texas. We have dropped from about 170 attending on Sunday mornings to about 100-110 in the last 10 years. We will continue to drop, as there are no jobs to keep younger people/families here, and our eldership, IMO, has no plan or clue as to what to do to teach/encourage the current membership, much less bring new converts to Christ

    We have no plan to evangelize our community. We have no plan to provide benevolence in the name of Christ to our community. We have little fellowship opportunites, a very limited youth program, and I see no desire among the leadership to implement any program or idea that might help encourage or grow our congregation.

    Our eldership has publicly stated (for several years) their frustration with dwindling attendance, but have no solutions and have rejected any ideas from the congregation for fellowship and/or outreach opportunities. My belief is they are so afraid they will do something “wrong” they do nothing at all. Egos are also at issue.

    We are pretty good at demanding attendance, condemning denominations, and funerals. Otherwise, we do nothing to uplift our members, our preacher is beyond boring (but meets the elder’s idea of “sound doctrine” and is “affordable”), our elders do not model shepherds (they do not visit the sick, attempt to convert, etc.), and, IMO the sheep of our congregation (myselfand others) are not fed.

    We just go about our lives meeting and talking about what Christians should do, and basicly, nothing or little else. I personally attempt a number of benovolent actions, as I believe this is what Jesus would do, and EXPECTS,from true Christians.

    It is troubling, to say the least, to continue to worship here, with what I believe are Christians (that I love) whose faith for the most part is dead (from lack of a servant’s heart) and with an eldership that will not encourage/plan for us to do what Jesus would do, were He here.

  2. Thanks for these words, KB. Thanks for the reminder that His Spirit is ready and available to work, but it begins with me.

    Just outta curiosity, have you read Francis Chan’s “Forgotten God”?

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