On Sunday we kick-off a new sermon series on the Holy Spirit: ‘Like a Rushing Wind: Knowing & Understanding the Holy Spirit’. As we started to plan and discuss this series in the office, my creative brain kicked into gear. I immediately started to think about what graphics we could use to accompany the series, and about the different imagery applied to the Holy Spirit in the Bible.
I first thought about the imagery of wind, fire, and smoke as described in Acts 2:2-4a: “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…”. I was also reminded of the dove imagery we read about in the story of Noah and the Flood (Gen. 6–8), and in the account of Jesus baptism: “And the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily shape, like a dove on Him” (Luke 3:22).
As I read more about this imagery, I learnt that the Holy Spirit is like fire in that He burns within believers and purifies us, and like a dove in that He is pure, peace-giving, and gentle (gotquestions.org). I find it amazing that just by reflecting on the imagery of the Holy Spirit our thoughts can be stirred so much!
As a follower of Christ, I want to know, love and understand who God is; and we know from Scripture that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I don’t know about you, but I have an easier time understanding God the Father and God the Son, but God the Holy Spirit is not as clear to me. Of course, part of the reason for this is because the Holy Spirit is spirit; He is not visible to us. It’s for this reason (and more) that I am really excited about this series. Together as a church family we will ‘explore what the Bible teaches us about the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, and the abundant life that He brings to the lives of all believers’ (Growth Group Guide). It is my hope and prayer that this series will help us learn more about who the Holy Spirit is and what He does, and, more importantly, grow in our love for God and for one another.
Want to know more? When you receive the Growth Group Guide for this series, read the first few pages that give an introduction to the Holy Spirit, look up the blog suggestions in the booklet, and, of course, read the Bible wherein we meet the third member of our Triune God; the Holy Spirit.
See you at church.