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 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).
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.