I believe in the Holy Spirit

Sermon Date: 
30 Oct 2011
Bible Base: 
Galatians 5: 22-26, John 14: 15-26

David Jeans

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During the baptism we were asked ‘Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world?’ – to which the response was ‘I believe and trust in him’.
In the baptisms of Charlie and Eliza we used water which is a picture of 2 things promised to them in their baptism. (Q and A?) Cheque
So what is all this about the new life given to God’s people by the Holy Spirit?
Well this new life is a new quality of life – and in our first reading we heard what that life is like
In your hearts wouldn’t you really like to live like that? (And wouldn’t you like your friends and family to live like that?).
I’m sure Charlie and Eliza’s parents would like Charlie and Eliza to grow up like that. The trouble is in the world we see a lot of other things – hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition. And if we are honest we see some of those things in us too. We’d like to be full of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – but actually we find that difficult. We have this ideal in front of us, but can’t keep it. Showing my age now but we are like the engineer Scotty in Star Trek – we can’t do it Cap’n we haven’t got the power.
Our successive governments have been very good at setting NHS, schools etc loads of targets – but they have not been as good in giving us the resources to keep those targets.
God is not like that – he sets us targets of loving him and loving our neighbours – but then he gives us the resources to do it.
He does that by living in us by his Spirit, so that we may be filled with love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
The promise of baptism is that God will live in us by his Spirit to help us be people more like Jesus; and that he will forgive us when we fail to keep that standard.
If I gave you a real cheque for £10,000 today what would you do with it?
As Charlie and Eliza grow they will need to cash this cheque – to ask God to live in them by his Spirit and make them more like Jesus. We all need to keep cashing this cheque every day. Have you cashed in yours yet?