Jesus transforms lives. We never stay the same when we choose to follow him. The gospel isn’t just good news for an exclusive group. It’s a message of new life for all who would believe.
Faith, favour, inclusion and blessing occurs not because of our best efforts but because of his kindness. Where the world would tell us to work hard and earn our rewards, grace doesn’t wait for us to get our life together.
Poor choices and bad circumstances can lead us into difficulty. Family breakdown and personal isolation often occur but God doesn’t leave us there. God is committed to us as a father to a son and won’t let us go.
God has given us gifts as a blessing. Andrew talks about how we use these spiritual gifts as part of the body of Christ (the Church).
When you have something better to live for, it affects your whole life.
The Holy Spirit enables us to change, to live a life that is extraordinary, enthusiastic, courageous, inclusive and focused. Following Graham’s preach, we see our Centro and Hampden park venue leaders interviewed about where they feel God is leading them in the life of the Church.
How does the Holy Spirit help us? He not only helps and comforts us, but he directs and leads. And further, like a lawyer in a court of law, the Holy Spirit is our advocate, representing us before God the Father.
We cannot live out our Christian lives without the help of the Holy Spirit. He helps us to understand and believe our true identity: as children of God.
Just as the physical experience of hunger indicates that we have a need for food, so our desire for purpose and relationship reveals that we were created to know God. Today we are talking about living a life empowered by the Holy Spirit: knowing God and being in friendship with him.