Sermon Notes Day of Pentacost: TGC Williamsburg, June 9, 2019_Tyler Staton_When the Advocate Comes Series & Personal Reflections

What does a pentacost filled community look like?

Spirit with the father

Spirit in the son

Spirit fills us

Spirit through us

 

Unity

Unity with God that could never be taken

Most of us feel based on our performance near or close to God (a problem)

The Holy Spirit assures us of our belovedness to God

Unity with One-another : seeing the worst in each other and continuing to love

The bible says power always serves love.

Mandate: Simply, humbly, intentionally love.

Suffering

“We must be careful not to pray ‘come holy spirit’ unless we are prepared to ‘go with the holy spirit’ – Simon Ponsonby

Passion:

root in latin: willing to suffer for

“We live in a city suffering for things with an expiration date.”

The path to glory comes by way of the cross

 

Joy

“Energy is cheap, joy is costly”

An experience: “Every single one of the kids so filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit carried a story that dragged” with the tragedies and sadness of their experiences (kids with trauma of some kind of sexual abuse)

“The holy spirit puts Jesus back at the center” always.

Joy when you know who you’re dealing with in Jesus.

“A dislike of enthusiasm is one of the greatest hindrances to revival”

Martyn Lloyd Jones


A reflection:

For a while, I wanted to end the pain I felt, the life I could not feel one semblance of joy in, a life I thought was beyond saving, a self I could no love. At the height of my depression in 2014, God met me in my dark, lonely place beyond hope and touched a scared & broken me that had cried out blindly in vitriolic hate and anger to a God that was supposed to exist.

He struck with me so much light and love– I had thought those two didn’t exist in my life anymore.

Yesterday, I walked into Trinity Grace Church with a heavy heart, worn by the cumulative emotional and mental weight of my experiences the past 3 months, but expectant and filled with a certain hope still that I’d praise and seek comfort in the counsel of my one great Father, my God. During worship, a song came up that I’m very familiar with, and these verses

And I will build my life upon your Love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken

struck me and brought me back to a memory at a Bangkok church one Sunday morning in July 2014, where I made a promise to God to start living and to stop existing.

 

In TGC I feel God’s presence so tangibly, like I’ve never before.

I am grateful to be nearer to him. I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful to feel. I am grateful to have suffered. I am grateful to love. I am grateful to be alive right now to drink from the deepest wellsprings of happiness and to share in the joys and sorrows of my life and those around me. And for that all I feel joy this morning.

 

 

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