Together on a Mission - Day 2 - Session 3.
Hearing David Holden is always a highlight of any Newfrontiers conference - this year was an exception ... He was one of THE highlights for me! His message was just superb and I so desperately pray that the truths he enunciated will pay dividends in my church and the other Newfrontiers family for years to come.
Here again are the transcripts of my notes - I couldn't decide what to leave out!
2 Corinthians 3:3-6 - "Being Ministers of the Spirit".
"We are in danger of passivity when it comes to the Spirit ... thinking that something will replace Him. 3 key seasons of the Spirit in our lifetime. 1. The Charismatic Renewal. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit on traditional Christianity. A discovery of the gifts of the Spirit. 2. John Wimber. The first awareness of the tangible Holy Spirit as a Person. 3. 1994-95. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit from Toronto. Much phenomenon! God was trying to get us to loosen up and become channels of Him.
What do you do when you are not in one of those stages?
It is terrible to look back with nostalgia at the past moves of the Spirit. Just as terrible as to become passive - or lazy. The results of our ministry is a ministry of the Spirit that is even more glorious than that of Moses! This ministry will result in righteousness (v4). It will result in revelation (v12-16). It will result in freedom and liberty and will transform others (v18). We who have receieved the Spirit can now give the Spirit!
But you can only give what you have.
The minister of the Spirit must be constantly filled with the Spirit whatever the season. Are you receiving much of the Spirit these days? We must have more of Him rather than less - especially in Europe!
1. Actively pursuing and promoting the things of the Spirit.
(Acts 1) "Wait" - this is not a passive stance. (Acts 2) The Spirit comes! From this moment on, everything is in mobility - even in regard to the Spirit. There was a deliberate positive promotion of the Spirit. In the Epistles there is constant reference to the Spirit. These men were ministers of the Spirit who knew that He is key to everything!
"The reason Newfrontiers exists is because of an experience of the Holy Spirit" (John Hosier).
This is surprising! Not our commitment to Ephesians 4 ministries, or even our commitment to church initially but an experience of the Spirit. If we have begun in the Spirit, and are trying to continue in the Spirit - then guess where we are going? In the Spirit! Our own experience of the Holy Spirit should make us want to get everyone to experience Him.
2. Introduce people to the Spirit of God.
If you believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is fundemental to every Christian life, then you are compelled to take action. Are people receiving the Holy Spirit? We must be proactive in praying for; 1. New converts. 2. Our children and young people. They need an encounter with Him! 3. From other backgrounds. Is anyone asking - did you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit when you believed? What can we do?
i) Teach the baptism of the Holy Spirit again and again.
ii) Ask the Acts 19:2 question again and again.
iii) Lay hands on people!
3. An on-going dependency on the Spirit in every aspect of Christian life.
Are we really representing Ephesians 2:2 - a dwelling place place for God in the Spirit? What is the point of new wineskins without the wine? If He left - would anyone notice? Or would we carry on exactly as we had done before? We need tensions of Word and Spirit - of well-ordered and spontaneous to make church truly work!
Terry Virgo's prophecy on change proves that God doesn't want us to become well-ordered and predictable. Paul never bans contributions due to excess! (14:33). Is it a question of limiting tongues in your church to 2 or 3? Or are you having to ask when did we last have one?
We cannot deprive people of the power of God!