Dear Hope family,

Thought for the Week

The Empowering

Ephesians 2v8-9 “Instead be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Our ninth “Statement of Faith” is, “We believe in … The ministry of the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.”

This statement is so important in both our expectations of ourselves and our witness to the world. As I reflect, I am mindful of the following:

  • Firstly, the whole of my Christian development is dependent on the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit and do your work in me.
  • Secondly, while we are called to play our part in sharing what we have experienced of Jesus, the fruit is up to the Holy Spirit working. It is the Holy Spirit who leads people to repentance and to new birth.
  • Thirdly, witnessing is not just stating facts to people. It requires the enabling of the Holy Spirit to be sensitive to what, when and how we are to speak.

Lord, keep filling me with your Holy Spirit so that I may repent of sin in my life, follow Jesus and be a fruitful witness.

With love and blessing,