“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” - Galatians 5:25
When we talk of being led by the Holy Spirit we need to make it clear he directs us primarily through the Scriptures he inspired. Through them he brings revelation, guidance, correction, vision, conviction, answers, encouragement, challenge & freedom to our lives as well as principles & doctrines we can build our lives on.
All of this helps us to grow in relationship with God & keep in step with his will for our lives.
The Holy Spirit never bypasses the Holy Scriptures he inspired. This means we cannot be led by the Spirit if we undermine or undervalue his book. For this reason an open heart with an open Bible reveals & expresses a persons desire to be led by the Spirit. Likewise a closed heart & a dusty Bible reveals & exposes a persons desire not to be.
Post by John Fitzsimmons
Currently pastor John is doing a preaching series on 1 Timothy. The apostle Paul wrote 1 Timothy in order to advise Timothy, a young pastor in his early to mid thirties, concerning issues that were arising at the church in Ephesus. Paul had left Timothy to oversee the work in Ephesus and since he was separated from Timothy, and the church, he wrote 1 Timothy to give him instructions about church issues and leadership. He hoped to return but wrote in the meantime to address the way in which Christians should behave and to teach a young pastor what he should prioritise (4:11-16).
The letter as a whole is bracketed by the discussion of false teaching (1:3-7; 6:2-21). The exact nature of the false teaching is unclear. It apparently involved speculation about the law (1:7-11)... Paul's reasoning however is clear: Wrong teaching leads to wrong living while healthy teaching leads to godliness. Paul’s real concern is with the results of false teaching—it promotes speculations (1:4; 6:4), arrogance (6:4), and greed (6:5-10). Paul addresses the content of the false teaching only in passing but focuses on the fact that true Christianity is evidenced by a godly lifestyle, not fruitless talk.
1 Timothy is a clear call for the church to live out gospel empowered godliness. We need to hear this call today more than ever! Throughout the letter Paul grounds Christian behaviour in the truth of the gospel. The primary theme is that the gospel leads to real and visible change in the lives of those who believe it. It is often thought that the theme is church order, this is included but the sections on church order and offices are simply part of the larger theme that the true gospel, in contrast to false teaching, will always lead to godliness (4:6-7).
You can listen to and download the sermons series here
Currently Deeper Groups are doing a series based on Francis Chan's book Forgotten God. Below is the trailer for the 7 week series we're working through. There's a book (€8) and a workbook (€10) that go with the series, their not essential but would be worth getting so you get the most out of the series. For more info on Deeper Groups click here.
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