Message Follow Up | A Dimly Lit Room: Part 3 – How He Does It

By Don Gentry

In my sermon yesterday, I talked about my book that I am trying to complete and how it is all about the Holy Spirit’s interaction in our daily lives. As we bring this series to a conclusion I want to take an excerpt directly from my upcoming book on the Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit is trying to get us to come into complete surrender to God. I used to think complete surrender was done through discipline like “hard work discipline,” but it is done through trust in God’s discipline and there is no discipline that seems pleasant. God’s discipline is different; His discipline brings freedom.

“For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. But when you are directed by the Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to the law.”

Galatians 5:13-18 (NLT)

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Weekend Preview | A Dimly Lit Room: Part 3 – How He Does It

I hope you’ve been enjoying our series about the Holy Spirit “A Dimly Lit Room”.  We’ve looked at WHO the Holy Spirit is and WHAT He does over the past 2 weeks. As we prepare to close it out this Sunday – we are going to discuss HOW He shows up in our lives everyday.

The best way to share this with you is through one of our #hopeLKN stories.  We have several of them here on the blog site – most of them are from our Sunday when we gave away over $10,000 to the folks at Journey to invest in bringing HOPE to someone in LKN.   Here is one of the latest stories of HOPE from Don Gentry.

“Several months ago Matt challenged us on a Sunday morning to take the money given to us and make a difference in our LakeNorman area. I felt kind of bad, but we hadn’t used our money until June 9th. My wife and I had decided we were already going to multiply what we received, but we really hadn’t found anything that we felt compelled to give towards. Then it happened. I was putting KidZone signs out one day and driving the church van to prepare it for Camp KidJam.  It was a very busy day and I was in a “hurry.”

As I was setting up the signs, a man named “Bob” came up to me and asked if our church could help him. He and his wife had split up, actually she had kicked him out of the house. He had been sleeping in the car in 100 degree weather. I told him to come down to my office around 10:30 and I would see what I could do

When he returned to my office he shared more of his story with me and I felt compelled to help him. As a church, we have a network of referrals but we don’t help with hotels. Then it hit me, “HopeLKN money,” so I decided to put him up in a hotel for at least a night and I gave him several more phone numbers in our referral network that he could call for additional help.

He used the room and was exceedingly grateful. I really wasn’t expecting much from the chance encounter, but a couple of weeks later Bob came into my office to thank me for helping him that night. He then went on to share that he called some of the other numbers and found additional help. He got connected to Steel Creek church. Within those two weeks, he surrendered his life and addictions to the Lord!! He sat in my office a completely changed man!

He called me again on Tuesday June 30th to tell me that he got baptized! He and his wife are still not reconciled yet, but he knows that he hurt her over the years and he knows he has to change.  He recognizes that he has to change for God not for himself or her,  but for God. He has gotten himself into counseling and a few other support groups.

It has been an amazing story of change in the course of three weeks and it isn’t over yet. God is doing some remarkable things in his life and it has been great to get to know Bob and see how God is changing him from the inside out.

The next time a stranger comes up and asks for money –  ask yourself, “will you take time to get to know their story?” I didn’t know it at the time, but helping Bob that day simply gave him the spark of hope that he needed to make it through another day and give God a chance. Remember, the BEST WAY to bring HOPE to LKN (#hopeLKN) is to humbly point everyone to absolute hope!”

The Person of the Holy Spirit is at work EVERY SINGLE DAY of our lives and sometimes we just need to be open to stepping into the story that is happening all around us.

Join us Sunday as we finish our series and discuss how we can be more aware of His presence and power every day of our lives! 

Message Follow Up | A Dimly Lit Room: Part 2 – What He Does

By Matt Dawson

I hope you are enjoying this series. It’s a lot to take in, especially when we don’t really understand the Holy Spirit very well. It’s no wonder the Bible refers to Him as a mystery!

However, we can EXPERIENCE His Power the more we understand who He is. I think this is the main part of the message yesterday that I wish I could have made it’s own message. There is such a big difference between KNOWING about the Holy Spirit’s POWER and EXPERIENCING His Power at work within us.

His Spirit INDWELLS US! This alone is a miracle beyond miracles. We do not pray to God for a power that is EXTERNAL, but we pray to a GOD THAT IS EVER PRESENT within us. Of course, we have to be choosing to walk in the Spirit to experience this – and many times throughout the day, I often choose to live and function out of my own power. I also resort to praying to God as if he is miles away, yet He is closer than my skin and NEVER leaves me or FORSAKES me.

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Weekend Preview | A Dimly Lit Room: Part 2 – What He Does

By Daniel Shafer

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For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:8-10

As we enter into the second week of our series, A Dimly Lit Room, we are going to be delving into the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts were presented to the early church as a way of unification, and a sign of the Holy Spirit at work in them. Each of us is given a gift through the Holy Spirit, and is expected to use it to pursue, love, and glorify God.

For this calling, we must first acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and look to see what gifts he has given to us. Using spiritual gifts tests can give you an idea of where your gifts lie, and through prayer, you can see where the Holy Spirit has directed you and worked through you.

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Message Follow Up | A Dimly Lit Room – Part 1: Who He Is

By David McNeely

God is mysterious. Blog is done.

Ok so a little further explanation is required. Although the entirety of the Godhead is mysterious, the Holy Spirit seems to be the one with whom we have the least understanding. RC Sproul wrote an entire book on it and titled it, The Mystery of the Spirit.

In Forgotten God, Francis Chan writes, “As I thought about writing this chapter, I realized how ludicrous it would be for anyone to say they were going to explain the Holy Spirit. The Bible says we cannot fully understand God, and I am certainly not going to be the exception to that rule.”

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Weekend Preview | A Dimly Lit Room: Part 1 – Who He Is

By Chris Denning

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Let’s be honest: the very nature of God is complex.  In my opinion, this is a good thing.  I’m grateful that our God is beyond my ability to fully comprehend.

The doctrine of the Trinity (that God is Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) can be difficult to understand.  How can God be three things at once? God the Father & God the Son are easier to understand because we have/know fathers & sons in our lives, but the Holy Spirit is easily the most misunderstood part of the Trinity.

In our new series, A Dimly Lit Room, we’re going to be learning more about who the Holy Spirit is, what He does, and how He does it.

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