We are in the middle of a series called, “Delight in Doctrine.”
We are taking four weeks to look deeper at the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
You can read post one here – “Who and ‘what’ is the Holy Spirit really?”
Post two is here – “2 Important Reasons you need the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Post three is this one – “4 Ways the Holy Spirit Reveals truth to you and me.”
Today’s post is the final part of this series on the Holy Spirit.
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
The time and place was Germany after WWII.
The church was divided and the hurt ran deep. In the year’s prior, Hitler had commanded all religious groups within the country to unite.
It wasn’t a unity of the Spirit, however, that brought them together. Rather, the unity was forced upon them so Hitler could better control the churches.
Among the Brethren Assemblies in Germany, there were some who went along with Hitler’s plan- but another half refused.
The result of refusing to comply meant tremendous hardship and nearly every family in this group faced the loss of family members in concentration camps. Those who complied had a much easier time.
After the war, there was, understandably, a lot of bitterness between the two groups. The church’s leaders decided to do something about the problem and they planned a retreat where they would meet together.
They spent the time praying and seeking God’s will.
They knew what God had called them to do. As they prayed and confessed what was in their hearts, they said that the Holy Spirit came among them and created a beautiful spirit of unity. Love replaced the hatred in a supernatural way.
Francis Schaeffer, the American theologian, later retold this story as an example of what happens when Christ’s followers invite the Holy Spirit to come and to change hearts and minds.
The Holy Spirit unifies.
The bond of peace that is called for in the church is made possible through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Find out more by going with me over to Dawn Klinge’s site.
You can link HERE.
Join us as we take a clear and practical look at some of the most basic and essential tenants of the Christian life – the doctrines of the faith.
Each week, we will highlight and explain a core doctrine. Then, we will pose the question, “Why does this matter to you and me?”
You can catch all of this year’s “Delight in Doctrine” posts by clicking HERE.
For the purposes of the study, our main texts are first, the Bible, of course, and Wayne Grudem’s classic, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine.
It is our prayer that by the end of the year, we will all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it.
“…And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (ESV)
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