But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses… – Acts 1:8
This is our last week studying the Holy Spirit in our series entitled “The Source.”
Week one, we looked at how the Spirit empowers us to do good works. It leads and teaches and prompts us to reach out and serve our neighbor even our eyes become blind to the needs of others. With the power of the Spirit, we are co-workers with Christ in the Kingdom of God.
Week two, talked about the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ and discussed how the Holy Spirit transforms us from within. The Grace of Jesus may save us as we are, but it’s the Holy Spirit which works in our hearts to make more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, and self-controlling.
Week three, we will look at how the Holy Spirit unites us. The church which we are a part of spans the entire globe, about 1/3 of the world’s population across thousands of years of history. By a holy mystery, we are all united with “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.”
Moreover, when we are together, as a youth group or church congregation, and filled with the transforming and empowering qualities of the Holy Spirit, we all share a spiritual bond. Ideally, the community we build as the church should bring heaven-like life here to earth.
Unfortunately, the church and even the youth group isn’t always so perfect.
This week, we will talk about how the Holy Spirit unites us, and what we can do as a faith community to better welcome guests, each other, and the Spirit among us.
- Was there a time this week when you felt ‘dis-unity’ or ‘disconnected’ from God or the Holy Spirit? What was that like?
- Think back to a time in your life you felt the most unified with a group. What ‘fruits of the Spirit’ do you recall being part of that experience?
- Where could our church or youth group better welcome others or the Holy Spirit to promote unity?