Can You Blame Them?

Churchgoers all across the nation say the Holy Spirit has entered them.  They claim that God has given them a supernatural ability to follow Christ, put their sin to death and serve the church.  Christians talk about being born again and say that they were dead but now have come to life.  We have become hardened to those words, but they are powerful words that have significant meaning.  Yet when those outside the church see no difference in our lives, they begin to question our integrity, our sanity, or even worse, our God.  And can you blame them?

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 32-33

Expect a Great Deal of the Holy Spirit

If we read and believed these accounts (Acts 2), we would expect a great deal of the Holy Spirit.  He would not be a mostly forgotten member of the trinity of the Godhead whom we occassionally give a nod of recognition to, which is what He has become in most American churches.  We would expect our new life with the Holy Spirit to look radically different from our old life without him.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 30-31