by flowing streams’
The work of the Holy Spirit in His church
“I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground: I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams”
The Holy Spirit is the great ‘executor’ of the Godhead. He effects, both powerfully and perfectly, the will of God.
In this short series of studies we’ll consider a number of significant implications of the work of the Holy Spirit for us as a fellowship of God’s people.
This series makes no claim to be exhaustive (even if you may sometimes find it exhausting!), nor should it prove to be divisive – such an outcome, as the first study makes clear, runs entirely counter to all that the Holy Spirit is intent upon effecting in the life of His church. The series is intended, rather, to be instructive and encouraging, helping us to see, at a practical level, how God’s astonishing purpose in Christ is being and will be realized.
By focusing on the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christ’s church we are, of course, implicitly acknowledging that it is only by Him that the purpose of God is progressed, that the church of Christ is built, and that our lives as His people are changed. Prayer, therefore, will be an integral part of our studies, as we look together to Him to effect His will in our life as His people. Make sure that in each study there is time set aside for just such eager and expectant prayer!
May there be in these days a fresh outpouring by God of His Spirit upon our lives as His people, and upon our life together as His church.