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The Spirit Of Life

He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit
Mark 1:1-8

Sermon Topic Holy Spirit

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Advent Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 1:8


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. These words constitute the central belief of Christian people. "Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit." We sing out this great Mystery of Faith, we pray about it, and now we are going to talk about it, knowing in advance the difficulty of trying to put it into words.

Instead of trying to state it in theological terms as a doctrine of belief, we will approach the subject of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in Biblical terms as an experience. In this way, perhaps we can better relate it to the practical, everyday things of life-like paying the rent, getting through an illness, making a family decision, relationships with other people, etc.

Biblical writers had an experience of God that was so rich and full and overwhelming that no one word, no one image, no one idea could describe it. They had to have three to describe the fullness and the richness of God's giving Himself to them. One God, notice, not three. The doctrine of the Trinity, the experience of the Trinity, whatever else it is, is about one God. The Lord our God is one! It was their experience of God in this way that brought those first Christians to life. It was this that gave them the strength to know love as they never had known it before. This experience was the most important thing in their lives-and it is the most important thing in ours.

When the New Testament writers talk about God the Father, they are expressing the love of God as they have experienced it in the beauty of the sky and the sea and the mountains and the sun and rocks and bread and water and human beings and all the incredible things that make up the Creator's world. They had a deep sense of God's presence at the center of all these things. Even things that didn't seem to be alive were alive with God's presence. [...]

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