This past Sunday as Mark preached, his message was an important reminder to us that for our church to flourish as God’s new community we must be repeatedly filled with the Spirit.
He asked the question, why do we really need the Holy Spirit? His answer from Scripture was, “Because the human problem runs deeper than needing forgiveness, we need new hearts, a new operating system”. Ezekiel promised that God would give His people a new heart and would put His Spirit in them. (Ezek.36:26-27) When Jesus returned to heaven, the Spirit was poured out, as promised.
The Holy Spirit is God’s empowering presence in believers and in the church. The Holy Spirit is not an ‘optional extra’ to the Christian life. He empowers Christians to live the new life we have been given through His ministry.
This raises the question, “How can we be a Spirit-filled church?”
In Ephesians 5:18 God commands churches like ours to be filled with the Spirit. We have the Spirit. We need more of the Spirit. But how? This command doesn’t come with a formula. There’s no “how to be filled” guide here or anywhere in the NT. But Mark gave us a helpful exhortation on Sunday.
First, let’s ask – we want to encourage every person in our church to follow the example of the Apostle Paul and regularly ask God to fill you again with the Holy Spirit. Please note how Paul prays.