We Are Not Alone Part 3: Actions Of The Spirit
On Sunday 5th June at our morning services, we continued our series We Are Not Alone with the topic 'Actions Of The Spirit'. In this blog you will find a summary of the talk and then some questions and reflections for you to think through on your own or to discuss in your small group.
To listen to the talk on-line, please click here.
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We started our service with a Youtube clip from the film Megamind. You can watch this by clicking here.
“What does it mean” is the refrain throughout this talk.
How can some unlearned men from the area of Galilee who are “rough diamonds” and distinguishable by their lack of language skills suddenly receive God’s Spirit into their lives; in such a way that huge numbers of people cannot escape what is happening. “What does this mean” some express as these uncouth Galileans are speaking their language; but people who have gathered from all of the known world are also hearing in their own local, native vocabulary.
Some are asking “What does this mean” while others are saying they are drunk even though it is only 9 in the morning!
We find all of this in a book called Acts (2:1-13), a Dr writing to his friend explaining what happened during the life of Jesus and also what happened to his followers.You can read this by clicking here.
The interesting note is that there are significant immigrants from all over Europe, Asia and Arabia living in Jerusalem as well the visitors for the special religious occasion of “Harvest Festival” where people brought their gifts as a thank you to God.
So, “What does this mean” for us, now.
Questions and Reflections (to think about on your own or to discuss in your small group)
1. What does this mean for us today in a globalised society?
2. How do we react to those of other cultures “invading” our space….opportunity to share our faith or ………………?
3. What happened next was that over 3,000 turned to Jesus because of God’s Spirit in the lives of these early followers of Jesus. Do you have god’s Spirit? If so what changes has this made in your life?
4. What does all of this mean?