This morning, we continue looking at what a Spirit Filled Church looks like.
2 Timothy 3 v 10 – 17
You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
A Spirit Filled Church has an authentic passion for God’s Word. A Spirit Filled Church is aware that the Word of God is “God-brethed”.
Jonathan Edwards was a famous revivalist preacher and he talked often about being filled to over flowing with the Holy Spirit. After one of these encounters with the Holy Spirit he describes his reaction to the Bible:
“I had then, and at other times, the greatest delight in the holy scriptures, of any book whatsoever. Oftentimes in reading it, every word seemed to touch my heart. I felt a harmony between something in my heart, and those sweet and powerful words. I seemed often to see so much light exhibited by every sentence, and such a refreshing food communicated, that I could not get along in reading; often dwelling long on one sentence, to see the wonders contained in it; and yet almost every sentence seemed to be full of wonders.”
As God fills you daily with His Holy Spirit do you have a hunger and a thirst for the Bible? – these are the signs of being Spirit filled. If we all, as God’s family, have a hunger for the Word of God, then we can truly believe we are a Spirit Filled Church.