The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: Implications for Today, Part 3 – Avoiding What Does Not Result in the Spirit’s Presence and Power

Here’s the Final Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The conclusions of this essay, then, are simple. To experience the presence and power of the Spirit on mission today we should be born again ourselves, study and teach the Bible, proclaim the gospel, baptize new disciples in the triune name, and […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: Implications for Today, Part 2 – So What Should We Do?

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: What, then, should we do in order to experience the presence and power of the Spirit on mission today? We must be born again! From there, we should give ourselves to the Bible, that the Spirit might strengthen us in the inner man, […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: Implications for Today, Part 1 – Power and Presence

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit’s Presence and Power in Mission Today The Spirit gives life (John 6:63). The wind of the Spirit blows where it wishes (3:8). The Spirit must enable people to see and enter the kingdom of God (3:3, 5). Apart from the regenerating […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: Old and New Testament Summary

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit in the Old and New Testaments In the Old and New Testaments, the Spirit of God is central to prophetic revelation, the presence of God among his people, and God’s power for his people to accomplish his purposes. People are born […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: Revelation

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit in Revelation In Revelation, the four times John says he was “in the Spirit” appear at the beginning of major sections in the book’s structure (1:10; 4:2; 17:3; 21:10).[1] One of the distinctive ways John refers to the Spirit appears in […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: New Testament Letters

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit in the Letters of the New Testament Much could be said about the Holy Spirit in the letters of the New Testament. The scope of this project, and the attention we have given to the Spirit in John and Acts, means […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: Acts

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit in Acts. Before looking at the Spirit in Acts, because this is a treatment of the Spirit in mission, some comments on the mission would seem to be in order. The church is referred to twice by Jesus in the gospels […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: John

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit in John. In John we are given significant statements on the Spirit’s role in convicting people of sin, in the new birth, in teaching and testifying to Jesus, and in all of this the Spirit glorifies Jesus.[1] Rather than discussing these […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: Matthew, Mark, and Luke

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit in the Gospels and Acts In the Synoptic Gospels (Matt, Mark, and Luke) the Spirit enables Mary to conceive even though she is a virgin (Matt 1:20; Luke 1:35). There is nothing here like what happens in Genesis 6, when the […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: The Old Testament

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit in the Old Testament In the Old Testament, we see that the Spirit is active in God’s work in creation, and from that point forward the Spirit provides God’s presence and power. In terms of God’s presence with his people, there […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: The Writings

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit in the Books of the Writings David, the anointed king, saw the Spirit taken from Saul when he sinned and was rejected from being king (cf. 1 Sam 16:13–14). This informs David’s prayer of repentance when he asks that God not […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: The Prophets

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit in the Books of the Prophets The theme of God empowering select individuals to do what no one else in Israel can continues in the Former Prophets (Joshua through Kings) with the Spirit equipping judges to deliver Israel (Judg 3:10; 6:34; […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: The Torah

Here’s today’s Installment of “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit“: The Spirit in the Books of Law In Genesis the Spirit is not only present as God speaks the world into being (Gen 1:2), he also sustains human life (6:3). The Spirit enables Joseph to do what no one else can: interpret Pharaoh’s […]

The Spirit of God in the Mission of God: Introduction to “The Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit”

I wrote up a study of what the Bible teaches about the Holy Spirit’s role in the Mission of God that badly overshot the word limit. Editing it down to the required length alters it so much that it has practically become another study altogether. The great thing about having a blog, though, is that […]