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Our current series focuses on references to the work of the Holy Spirit prior to Pentecost.   

February 16, 2020

Echoes of the Holy Spirit: Radical Renewal
Ezekiel 36:16-32

Pastor Michael Kooy


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Our current series focuses on references to the work of the Holy Spirit prior to Pentecost.   

February 9, 2020

Echoes of the Holy Spirit: Renewing & Sustaining
Psalm 51

Pastor Matt Mulder

In many ways, this is the quintessential Psalm.  There's confession, assurance, praise,lament, longing, comfort, etc., etc.  The Spirit theme here comes from verse 11 and begs the question "Why? What does the psalmist get from being in the presence of God and having the Spirit with them?" That's where the key of the Psalm will come from in this sermon. There is peace in the presence of God, there is love in spite of all our sins. God is a God who forgives and assures with the Spirit.

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Our current series focuses on references to the work of the Holy Spirit prior to Pentecost.   

February 2, 2020

Echoes of the Holy Spirit: Strength in Weakness
Judges 6:33-7:8

Pastor Michael Kooy

TThe key to understanding and applying this passage is verse 34. Gideon begins his leadership to protect and save Israel with the Holy Spirit coming upon him. Judges makes much of Gideon's "ordinariness;" he states "how can I save Israel? My clan is the smallest...and I am the least" (Judges 6:15). But God, in his wisdom (and humor?) picks the least and equips them by his power. The storyof Gideon is at a hinge point here, with the enemy poised to attack again; Gideon's leadership comes through the Spirit enabling him to serve. This verse says "God's Spirit came over Gideon;" It could be read "The spirit of the Lord clothed himself with Gideon." This is the same power that enables us to serve and live for Christ. His kingdom moves against the devil through God's Spirit clothed people.

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Our current series focuses on references to the work of the Holy Spirit prior to Pentecost.   

January 26, 2020

Echoes of the Holy Spirit: Leading & Helping
Numbers 11:16-30

Pastor Matt Mulder

This passage hits a fair bit on the calling and ordination of elders within the body of God's people, but more importantly, the Spirit is put on them - the same Spirit that was on Moses. Interestingly, the Bible makes specific mention that the elders prophesied when the Spirit caem on them, but only that one time. This is a bibliocal example of how the Spirit may work in people. Sometimes people are blessed with being filled with and empowered by the Spirit in a 'tangible' manner over andover again, but other times, the Spirit fills and empowers once or twice, and never again. The crux of this narrative is in verse 29 when Moses says that he wishes that the Lord would put his Spirit on all of his people.

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Today we begin a new sermon series, Echoes of the Holy Spirit.
 
This series focuses on references to the work of the Holy Spirit prior to Pentecost.   

January 19, 2020

Echoes of the Holy Spirit: Skills and Gifts

Pastor Michael Kooy

Whatever we do, we do it all for the glory of God. Our life is transformed by serving. Bezalel and Oholiab were given skill in craftsmanship and teaching by God's Spirit. These gifts, like all other gifts of God's Spirit, are to be used for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7). We stay in the flow of the Spirit when we use our skills to serve God and others. These skils lend beauty and grace to the lives around us, reflecting the flourishing God gives in creation.

In the fallen world, we encounter frustrationa nd problems in using our skills and knowledge; yet every problem is an invitation to grow in the flow of God's Spirit - who uses the problem to point us to what really matters and who challenges us to rely on him as we use our abilities to serve.

In the end, these two (Bezalel and Oholiab) used their abilities to reflect and evoke the beauty of God's redemption and new creation as they exemplify and embellish the worship center in Israel's life.     

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