For the past few days I’ve been trying to muster up the courage to start a series entitled ‘power, presence and purpose’ having to do with the person, the work, the ministry, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each time I begin contemplating this series I am overwhelmed by its sheer size, because to do the doctrine of the Holy Spirit any sort of justice, one need explore it a little deeper than with just a cursory read. There is much depth, much wisdom, as well as many challenging topics for those who have already established preconceived ideas concerning the Holy Spirit, that can’t be covered in two, or three or thirty posts for that matter.
If I begin this journey it will be a long and arduous one, and just by the minimal outline I’ve put together thus far it looks like there will be at least forty posts on the topic of the Holy Spirit. It is a big commitment, because there has to be continuity, so I’d have to find time to write on a daily basis, and when it’s all said and done, if we put all the posts together, chances are we’d have a novel’s size worth of information.
Now my question to you is this: Do I begin this journey?
So, although it seems most of you have an aversion to leaving a comment, I’m asking for your input as to whether or not you believe this project would be helpful, useful, or necessary for your spiritual growth.
If I receive enough positive responses, (yes I have an arbitrary number in my head, no, I will not share the number with you), then I will begin fleshing out the existing outlines I have in my binder, as well as continue the journey into the deeper things of the works and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Be forewarned, I am not a cessationist, I do not believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit ended with the Apostles, I do not believe God no longer speaks to His children, nor do I believe that God no longer performs miracles. I believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still available to the faithful, because the Bible not only proves it, but Jesus promises it. So, if we begin this journey, it will be through the prism of a present experience, a present availability, and a present reality of the Holy Spirit, and not merely a historical retelling of something that was, and is no more.
With that having been said, I guess as the old saying goes, ‘the ball’s in your court’, and if we do begin this journey, it will not be in search of an individual or personal truth, but rather in the search of the absolute truth, the truth of God that is above the opinions and preconceived notions of men.
Too readily we accept less than all of God, too readily we settle for the easy path, unwilling to press in, and search out the deeper truths of the Gospel. We have reconciled ourselves to the idea that we are a powerless generation, and in so doing extinguished the fire, and satiated the hunger that should compel and drive us toward the fullness of intimacy with God, and not just a solitary experience.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.