The Wind at Our Back


November 15, 2014     Glendale City Church

What is the Holy Spirit?  Good question.  My best oversimplified and still very naive insight into what is traditionally viewed as the third person of the Godhead in Christianity is this:

1. The Spirit is what we move, live and breathe in.  It is the ever-present, every-where-ness of God.  What quantum physics is beginning to piece together through string theory, dark matter and other things beyond my pay grade is the interconnectedness that exists between all creation that draws us to one another and compels us to continue this journey together as human beings

2.  It seems that when we operate in harmony with the priorities of God–either by responding to the Spirit’s mystical compulsion, or by consciously choosing, to become more compassionate, merciful, just, ethical, loving, etc.–a momentum seems to result.  A little more pep in our step, the wind at our back, more fuel in the engine.  We see many examples of this in the biblical book of Acts.  Just look at Peter in Acts 2, 3, 5 and 10

These are the hints I have of what the Spirit is and what it does.  If you want to hear me unpack it a little more, listen here or watch below.

Also, I reference a book by Tony Campolo and Mary Albert Darling, The God of Intimacy and Action: Reconnecting Ancient Spiritual Practices, Evangelism and Justice.  Pick it up!

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