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Pasadena, CA 91104

 

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Community Groups: Experiencing and Expressing the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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The fourth goal of our Community Groups at Sovereign Grace Church is to experience and express the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:1-7 teaches us that God gives a variety of spiritual gifts to the members of the body and these are for the common good of the church.  While we do see many gifts operating on Sunday mornings, there are many more that can be used in a smaller, more personal context like our community groups.

We believe in a broad definition of the spiritual gifts and do not limit them to the “spectacular” or “extraordinary.” In our small groups, we should seek to define the work of God’s Spirit in the broadest terms possible. And, in our personal lives:

“We should make a deliberate effort at the outset of every day to recognize the person of the Holy Spirit…We should continue to walk throughout the day in a relationship of communication and communion with the Spirit mediated through our knowledge of the Word, relying upon every office of the Holy Spirit’s role as counselor mentioned in the Scripture. We should acknowledge him as the illuminator of truth and of the glory of Christ. We should look to him as teacher, guide, sanctifier, giver of assurance concerning our sonship and standing before God, helper in prayer, and as the one who directs and empowers witness.” — Richard Lovelace “ ”

If you are unfamiliar with the work of the Holy Spirit - or would like to review - here are some scriptures to get you started: 1Corinthians 12:8-10,28; Ephesians 4:11; Romans 12:6 - 8; and 1 Peter 4:11.

In thinking about the Holy Spirit, here are two things to consider:

  1. We can cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit - communing with Him. “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2Co 13:14).  We often are more aware of God’s love and Christ’s grace than we are of the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. How might we grow in our fellowship with the Spirit?
  2. We need to avoid grieving the Holy Spirit with our sin - and our apathy toward repentance. When we sin, we need to quickly respond in repentance and avoid living in protracted broken fellowship with Him.

In our small groups, we should come expecting God to meet us with his presence. Why should we be satisfied with just hanging out and having refreshments when we could be having a life-changing encounter with the Living God?! When we’ve personally been communing with the Holy Spirit during the week and we come together in our small group,  we have opportunities to share what we’ve gleaned from the Lord.  God can use the gifts he’s given us to build others up and encourage them in a personal and powerful way!

“This is why we are committed to small groups. By his grace, together we are being changed into the image of Jesus Christ through progressive sanctification. Together we are experiencing mutual care, genuine fellowship, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We no longer just see—we observe. We no longer simply attend—we participate. We no longer selfishly consume—instead, we are carrying out God’s purpose for our lives as we contribute to the building of the local church."  - C.J. Mahaney (Why Small Groups)