Tell us about: The Holy Spirit

You will find and introduction to my BOM theological paperwork here: Doctrinal Exam

¶324.9.e:  What is your conception of the activity of the Holy Spirit in personal faith, in the community of believers, and in responsible living in the world?

John Wesley understood the working of the Holy Spirit as deeper and more meaningful than mere words could express, “It is hard to find words in the language of men to explain ‘the deep things of God.’”[1] Any explanation of the work of the Spirit will fall short of explaining the activity of the Holy Spirit in personal faith, in the community of believers, and in responsible living in the world. The Holy Spirit works in personal faith, reaching towards us with love before we can acknowledge or respond, before we are even aware of it. I see the work of the Holy Spirit in my story, stepping into my life, forgiving me, convicting me of my brokenness, all with a gentle but clear assurance of God’s love for me. Now, only now, can I choose to walk towards holiness, loving God, loving my neighbor and loving myself. To love my neighbor is to know that they are broken, just like I am broken, to love myself is to be open to my brokenness and find a soul loved by God, to love this world is to know that it is broken and find that creation is deeply loved by its creator.

 

By convicting us of our sin, as individuals and as the Church, the Holy Spirit allows us to feel the weight of Christ’s sacrifice for us and the love that God has for us. This love, rooted in our hearts, grows toward loving one another in a deep, meaningful, Christ-like way. We, as a community of believers walk side-by-side to bring God’s healing to one another. As a community of faith, the Holy Spirit draws us together towards the one: “the one Spirit, the one hope, the one Lord, the one faith, the one baptism, and the one God and Father of all.”[2] The Holy Spirit draws the community together through many means of grace; these outward signs of inward grace include prayer, searching the Scriptures, and receiving the Lord’s Supper.[3] 

As we find God’s grace and healing in the community of faith, the Holy Spirit draws us into the world: towards loving our Neighbor, desiring justice, healing the sick, and sharing God’s grace. The community of faith was not created for itself, “the Spirit has brought it into existence for the healing of nations.”[4] By knowing our own brokenness and experiencing God’s love, personally and in community, we can bring God’s love outside of the church, into the brokenness. The Holy Spirit shows up in the world wherever there is darkness, the community of believers, is to carry that light into the world. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we find that we are loved, drawn into community, and sent into the world to carry God’s love into the darkness.

[1] John Wesley Sermon, The Witness of the Spirit I, I.7

[2] John Wesley Sermon, Of the Church, I.2-7

[3] John Wesley Sermon, The Means of Grace, II.1

[4] BOD, ¶102

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