4 June 2017

Dear family in Christ

Today is Pentecost Sunday in our Anglican Church calendar. We remember the day when God the Holy Spirit came in power to indwell the lives of the disciples of Jesus and initiated the beginnings of God’s Church called to be witnesses for Jesus in the world. As children of God, we have and need the power of the Holy Spirit to live a victorious Christian life in the midst of life’s challenges.

Firstly, let us walk in the Spirit. The apostle Paul encouraged the Church at Galatia – “Walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Gal 5:16). There is a constant battle in our heart and mind concerning our sinful nature (flesh). The indwelling Spirit of God will grant us the grace and strength to live in obedience to God’s Word and overcome our sinful desires.

Secondly, let us bear the fruit of the Spirit, which is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Gal 5:22-23). May our hearts be transformed daily by the Holy Spirit as we grow in Christlikeness in our attitude, behaviour and conduct in every area of our life.

Thirdly, let us exercise the gifts of the Spirit.Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” (Rom 12:6). By the grace of God, He has given various spiritual gifts to His people for the edification of His church here at St John’s Chapel. Let us use them well humbly to encourage and strengthen one another in the Lord.

Come Holy Spirit, we need you.

In Christ

Pastor John