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The Holy Spirit is a person
The Bible, including Jesus, refers to the Holy Spirit as “He”, not “it”. He is not merely a force but a Person who has a mind — with feelings, intentions and a will. He possesses a personality, and you can talk to Him as a person. He shows discretion and loves, communicates, testifies, teaches, and prays. These qualities distinguish Him as a person. The Holy Spirit is fully God and is the third person of the trinity – Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. He is not a force that is vague or mystical.
At salvation, the Holy Spirit comes into us and assures believers of their salvation
He gives us purpose to be witnesses and overcomers and inspires us to walk in communion with God. The Holy Spirit guarantees eternity at salvation. The work we have for us in this life and the fruit we have to bear, we cannot do without the power of the Holy Spirit. When you sense the Spirit at work in you resisting temptations, consider it a reminder that He will guide you to finish the good work started in you. The Holy Spirit draws us closer to Jesus by helping us fight against sin.
The Holy Spirit is essential for spiritual growth
By walking by the Spirit, we will not carry out the desires of the sinful flesh. He will develop in us certain qualities such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. After salvation, we experience the immersion of the Holy Spirit, bringing us freedom from addiction and sin.
The Holy Spirit lives inside you
Our reliance on the Holy Spirit is what makes the Spirit so influential in our lives. When weary and you feel like your patience and self-control is slipping, all you need to do is deepen your dependence on the Spirit and realise more of God’s power in your life. He not only comforts us, guides us and counsels us, but he also intercedes and advocates for us. The Holy Spirit helps us speak when we find ourselves in difficult or dangerous situations. There exists no area of life where the believer does not need the help of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit makes God’s words come alive and is necessary for convincing unbelievers of the truth
The Spirit mediates to the believer the presence and power of Christ. The Holy Spirit brings to bear God’s holiness and spiritual fruit into our lives – helping us to worship God both in spirit and in truth. The Spirit illuminates the mind of the sceptic so that he can receive God’s words which were previously foolishness to them. The Spirit’s living word brings unity between man’s spirit and God’s spirit.
Streamlined communication and increased accessibility
Create a system where you can stay in touch with all your members, leaders, volunteers and staff. It helps grow your church when people feel connected and well-informed. With features such as mass communication via email or SMS, live service updates, online database, and personal notes, everyone gets to stay in the loop with everything that is happening within the church community. Offering your congregants the alternative to stream your services live – be it from home, on vacation, or in the hospital – ensure they can still connect to their community of faith. In this new age of information, a strong social media presence is vital. You can post updates about the church and its events and share inspirational content.
Offer a clear path towards involvement
Most people can feel lost about what exactly they need to do to be involved, and this serves as a severe challenge to those who participate in a congregation. Being faced with too many choices can also be a deterrent as between trying to choose and not knowing what these choices entail, the result is that most people end up picking nothing. At Connexus Church, congregates are welcome to utilise two simple kiosks – the “New Here” kiosk and the “Next Steps” kiosk. The latter is operated by trained guest services people who are basically like concierges who help discover which next step is best for you. It is essential to eliminate confusion at every level and help people to engage themselves. Keep the language clear and direct.
The Discipleship Ministry
Help build an active discipleship ministry and talk to your pastor about teaching the basics of Christian growth to others in your church. Disciplining others can also be one of the best ways to grow to spiritual maturity.
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Shoulder the load of responsibility
Pastors too can feel their arms become weary under the weight of all their responsibilities, and it is important that brothers and sisters stand beside them to help distribute the load. The Lord never intended that the whole ministry of the church be carried solely by the pastor or a mere handful of people. Everyone must pitch in to help and serve to keep all the needs met, and no one feels overburdened or reaches “burnout”. Volunteering means doing what needs to be done and not being finicky about what you will or will not do.
The Bible is the world’s best-selling book
Over 100 million Bibles get printed every year. 25% of these newly printed Bibles are purchased in the United States every year. In the world today, there are as many as 80,000 different versions of the Bible that generate at least one sale annually. While there have been prints of 2.5 billion copies between 1815 and 1975, more recent estimates put the number at more than 5 billion.
There is no original date to the Bible
This fact is because the Bible is an anthology of 66 books with various authors. Many believe the original date to be dated back to Jesus, but this is a myth that needs debunking. Its first printed version dates back to 1455 and is known as the Gutenberg Bible – the first book ever.
Christianity teaches you about both heaven and hell
It isn’t surprising for a belief in an afterlife to be an essential part of the Christian tradition. The question remains in the future we have in store for us on the other side -various Christian views about heaven and hell proposes answers to this question. While there exist differences between Christian branches on what constitutes the judgment of sin, it is an integral part of Christianity.
Praying every day is not mandatory
Praying is an essential part of Christianity, but there are no specific mandatory prayers given in scripture. Compulsory prayer connotes rule-keeping, but Christianity is more about building a relationship with God. That is not to say that formal prayers do not exist, but it is a matter of choice and is mostly a private affair.
The Holy Spirit is not mystical
The Spirit talked about Christianity is a person. It is wrong to refer to the Spirit as “it”. He guides, comforts, counsels and advocates. The Spirit is the third person of the trinity. In its teachings, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit has all the attributes of personality and is not merely an impersonal force.
People killed for their Christian faith
The persecution of Christians dates back to the first century at the hands of both the Jews from whose religion Christianity arose and Romans who controlled many of the lands across which early Christianity spread. In the modern era, the countries in which Christian faith suffers rose from 125 in 2015 to 144, a year later. In at least 27 of these countries, Christianity receives severe persecution.
You’ll find more Christians in China than the population of Britain
A popular notion of Christianity that needs to be rid of is that it is “western” as Christianity is exploding in China in secret and hidden underground churches find themselves in Iran and Nepal. There is a projection that 38% of Christianity will live in sub-Saharan Africa in 2050.