Pastor’s Blog September 2018

Last month I wrote about our R.O.L.E. as disciples of Jesus Christ. Over the next three months, on Sunday mornings, we are going to look together at one aspect of our R.O.L.E., being open to Gods’ Holy Spirit.

What does it mean for us to be open to the Holy Spirit?

There are many possible answers to that question and here are just a few:

  • Open to the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus speaking to his disciples just before his Ascension said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses…” Acts 1:8. Jesus understood that as his disciples we would need the Holy Spirit to give us the power to follow him faithfully and to be his witnesses.

  • Open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

In Acts 16:6-9, Paul and his companions were, “kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia,” and later in v9 were guided by a vision to go to Greece. To be open to the Holy Spirit, is to be open to his leading and sometimes he may lead us in ways that we do not want to be led.

  • Open to the Holy Spirit at work in the church.

It is as the Holy Spirit is poured out on the day of Pentecost that the church is born in Acts 2. Being open to the Holy Spirit is not just about our openness as individuals but our openness together as a church to his presence, power and leading. Are we the church willing to be open to the Holy Spirit?

It is my deep conviction, as both a disciple of Jesus and as a pastor and leader in the church, that I/we need a new openness to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. That we will discover it together is my prayer for these coming weeks.

Phil Dixon