THE MISSION OF THE SPIRIT AS THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH
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Promised by Jesus in the Gospel accounts, progressively demonstrated throughout the book of Acts, and central to Paul’s own message and ministry, the Holy Spirit is the presence and power of God at work among us unto the redemption, reconciliation, and recreation of all things. Joined to Christ as those marked by the Holy Spirit, the Church lives as the community of the Holy Spirit and thus the means through which God is furthering his mission in the world though the Holy Spirit.
Unfortunately, over the last hundred years, the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit has been either relegated to obscurity among most of the body of Christ or kept within the confines of one or two particular streams of the Church. This has resulted in most of the Church operating without a practical theology of the Holy Spirit while others have tended to confine the ministry of the Spirit to worship gatherings and the internal life of believers (or something related to Christendom structures).
However, in this new era of mission after Christendom, we observe that many are experiencing different kinds of “awakenings,” which call our attention back to the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit of God among us. It’s not surprising that the predominant interaction of the early church with the Spirit was for mission. Ours should be the same.
Join us, at Missio Alliance’s Third North American Gathering, as for a fresh engagement with the person and work of the Holy Spirit and explore how such an engagement might advance the mission of God among our congregations, through our ministries, and in our own lives.