Sixth week in a six-week series called Language of the Spirit. Paul has a different view of life in the Spirit than what the Corinthians or the Romans believed. They believed that conformity and assimilation were important. Yet for Paul, he believed living in the Spirit meant cultivating loving, responsible relationships in the body of Christ; and their times of public worship must be for mutual edification, not for heightened individualistic spirituality, which in the case of the Corinthians had become a false spirituality. Spiritual gifts, talents and passions were for building up the community as a whole, not primarily for the benefit of the individual believer. And each gift is a manifestation, a disclosure of the Spirit’s activity in their midst. The Spirit’s activity works in and among diversity. Each person of the Trinity itself has unique and diverse characteristics and yet they function together as one.
In this series, we explore the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity or Triune God? How does the Holy Spirit walk with us, be present with us, and guide us? We will discuss various characteristics of the Holy Spirit through Old Testament, New Testament, and Epistle scripture readings. Hopefully this series will assist you in naming and noticing the work of the Spirit in your life and in the lives of everyone you meet and also in the lives of those who you don’t even know. What exactly is the Holy Spirit up to in this time and place?