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A Sermon Series about the Holy Spirit

To say the Holy Spirit is mysterious might be an understatement. We hear about the power and the work of the Holy Spirit and sometimes it can leave us scratching our heads.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The Bible tells us plenty about the Holy Spirit, how He’s active in the world, and how He is active inside each of us. For nine weeks, we’re going to be looking at the Bible’s answers to our questions about the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 
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Daily Spiritual Practices

You can receive these spiritual practices directly in your inbox each Monday.

 

Week 1

In this video, Laura mentions how God provides us with Kairos moments – moments to join God in what He is doing in and for this world. Sometimes it is hard to notice these different moments as we stumble throughout our day.

Pray that God would grow an awareness of the Holy Spirit’s work in you, through you, and around you.

Reflect on your day and write down the different Kairos moments that God placed before you.

Share with someone where you saw God at work and how you joined Him in His work.

     
     
     

    Week 2

    Often times creating space to hear from the Spirit is challenging in our busy culture. So we are introducing to you a practice that followers of Jesus have been doing for hundreds of years. It is a simple prayer exercise called the Prayer of Examen. 

    At the end of your day, pray each line personally, reflectively, and expectantly…

    • I quiet my mind and my heart for prayer. I believe in God’s presence with me.
    • I offer gratitude to God for the blessings of the day and begin by savoring my gifts.
    • I review the events of the day, paying attention to the feelings that surface: my hopes, fears, regrets, joys, and sorrows.
    • I pray from those feelings that surfaced: talking to God as a friend, listening with my heart for God’s response of love.
    • I look forward in hope, asking for the grace to better serve God.
     
     
     

    Week 3

    In this video, Emerson explains how the Holy Spirit spoke to him a truth that he would have never have found on his own—one that impacts how he views himself and others.

    Last week, we introduced the Prayer of Examen. We are going to continue the same practice, but expand it just a bit. 
     

    Be still.
    Quiet your mind and heart. Ask God to help you be attentive to His presence through your day.

    Give thanks.  
    Gratitude changes our perspective. It allows us to see God at work in our lives. Go through the events of your day, thanking God for all of it—the big things and the small things, the good things and the difficult things.

    Pray through significant thoughts and feelings.  
    What were the significant or overwhelming thoughts or feelings from the day? Ask God to help you understand what stirred those thoughts and feelings. How did they lead you?

    Rejoice and seek forgiveness.  
    Rejoice in the moments that brought you closer to God. Confess and seek forgiveness for the moments you resisted God’s presence in your life. Thank God for the gift of greater awareness. Put on grace for the entire day.

    Look to tomorrow.
    Invite God into your tomorrow. Commit the day to Him. Ask for greater awareness of His presence.

     
     
     

    Week 4

    This week we are beginning a new practice – solitude and silence. In the video, Emerson introduces us to this spiritual discipline that helps us put our full attention on God.


    Solitude helps us get away from things in the world so that we can focus on God, and silence helps us get away from the thoughts in our minds that distract us from God.
     
    This week, try and spend just 5-10 minutes each day away from people, noises, phones, etc. Focus and listen to God. 

     
     
     

    Week 5

    Last week we began the practice of solitude and silence. Listen to Kim’s story and words of encouragement about how silence and solitude is often an untapped power that is always available to us.

    Solitude helps us get away from things in the world so that we can focus on God. Silence helps us get away from the thoughts in our minds that distract us from God.

    This week, try to spend 5-10 minutes at the beginning and ending of each day in silence and solitude.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “We are silent at the beginning of the day because God should have the first word, and we are silent before going to sleep because the last word also belongs to God.”

     
     
     

    Week 6

    This is our third week practicing solitude and silence. Take a listen to Brock’s story as he talks about his experience listening to the Holy Spirit.

    Solitude helps us get away from things in the world so that we can focus on God. Silence helps us get away from the thoughts in our minds that distract us from God.
     
    This week keep the 5-10 minutes at the beginning and ending of each day in silence and solitude but also try adding in 2-5 minute periods throughout your day where you quiet your mind before the Lord.

    For example, you could take a break mid-morning, at lunch, mid-afternoon, and after dinner to spend in solitude and silence.

     
     
     

    Week 7

    Over the past six weeks we have been trying to create in ourselves an increased awareness and availability to the Holy Spirit in our lives.

    This week we are starting the practice of lectio divina or “divine reading.”

    There are four phases in this practice:

    1. Read the Scripture passage for the first time.
    2. Reflect on the words of the Scripture passage as you listen for a key word or phrase that God wants to draw your attention to.
    3. Respond to God based on the Scripture or phrase that He is bringing to you (this could be praise, thanksgiving, petition, or otherwise).
    4. Rest in God’s presence after hearing from Him. 

    Each day this week, take one Bible verse of your choosing and use lectio divina to reflect on that passage.

     
     
     

    Week 8

    We've been trying to create in ourselves an increased awareness and availability to the Holy Spirit in our lives. This week we are continuing the practice of lectio divina or “divine reading.”

    There are four phases in this practice:

    1. Read the Scripture passage for the first time.
    2. Reflect on the words of the Scripture passage as you listen for a key word or phrase that God wants to draw your attention to.
    3. Respond to God based on the Scripture or phrase that He is bringing to you (this could be praise, thanksgiving, petition, or otherwise).
    4. Rest in God’s presence after hearing from Him. 

    This week, use lectio divina to put yourself in a posture to hear from God through His word each day. Journal any thoughts, insights, or questions.

     
     
     

    Week 9

    Josiah's experience might sound familiar. Have you ever thought that maybe you'd heard from the Holy Spirit, but just weren't sure if it really was? Don't worry. It's common to have those kinds of questions, but the more connected you are on a daily basis, the more confident you can be when you hear from Him.

    We've been trying to create in ourselves an increased awareness and availability to the Holy Spirit in our lives. This week we are continuing the practice of lectio divina or “divine reading.”

    There are four phases in this practice:

    1. Read the Scripture passage for the first time.
    2. Reflect on the words of the Scripture passage as you listen for a key word or phrase that God wants to draw your attention to.
    3. Respond to God based on the Scripture or phrase that He is bringing to you (this could be praise, thanksgiving, petition, or otherwise).
    4. Rest in God’s presence after hearing from Him. 

    This week, use lectio divina to put yourself in a posture to hear from God through His word each day. Work specifically through a chapter in Paul’s letter to the Philippians each day. Journal any words, phrases, thoughts, insights, or questions that the Holy Spirit speaks to you