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The Gift of the Spirit (2016-0515)

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2016/05/15 Christ Church,
Mountain Top, Pentecost
Call to Worship, Psalm 104.24-35
Children,
Acts 2.1-21
Message, John 14.8-27
Pentecost: My focus on mission,
church growth, and powerful “manifestations” of the Spirit
      3000
added to their number
      #
baptized (110)
      #
new members (165)
      Christ
Church, new members 2429 (historically)
John 14:12  Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes
in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than
these, because I am going to the Father.
      Youth,
last week, Ascension theme
      Practical
dimensions of that theme
            Ruth’s
Place
            Broken
hearts & families
This passage is focused
elsewhere:
      The
Spirit as Gift, as a personal gift to the people of God

Context is different:
      Jesus
anticipating his death
            The
Spirit as Gift for our darkest hours
      Jesus
celebrating Passover
            Redemption
drama, climaxed in God’s triumph
      Pentecost:
a celebration of harvest
            Focus
on mission, growth
      Church
year:
            As
Ascension anticipates Pentecost (stay in Jerusalem until)
            So,
Pentecost anticipates Trinity
The gift of the Spirit brings …
Access to the Father (prayer)
      Not
focused on the answers (formulaic, mechanical)
      About
the growing intimacy
            Ro
8.15, “Abba”
            Ro
8.26, “sighs too deep for words”
      My
limited vocabulary for intimacy, “I love you Robin”
Works of the Son (sending)
      Not
focused on the power
      About
the mission
            Sending
of the Son
            Sending
of the Spirit
            Sending
of the church, and each of its members
      Parenting
as “sending” our children
            Would
not happen except that they learn to say “no”
            Grow
up, fall in love, move out
            We
breathe a sigh of relief, and claim the victory
      In
the Godhead, there is no conflict in the sending
            Only
choice, and love
            From
our side, drama of redemption
            From
the Godhead, about return, wholeness, “all in all”
1 Corinthians 15:22-28  for as all die in Adam, so all will be made
alive in Christ.  23 But each
in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong
to Christ.  24 Then comes the
end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed
every ruler and every authority and power. 
25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under
his feet.  26 The last enemy
to be destroyed is death.  27
For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when
it says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is plain that this
does not include the one who put all things in subjection under him.  28 When all things are subjected
to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all
things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all.
Ephesians 1:17-23  I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come
to know him,  18 so that, with
the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he
has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the
saints,  19 and what is the
immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the
working of his great power.  20
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and
seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  21 far above all rule and
authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only
in this age but also in the age to come. 
22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him
the head over all things for the church, 
23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Enduring relationship (not left orphaned)
      Resurrection,
you will see me
      Peace,
not as the world gives
Our response
      Obedience
      Love
(dramatized by obedience, enters the love of the Trinity)

            Love
me, loved by my father