The Gift of the Spirit

This is the third sermon in the reGift series.  This lesson focused on another part of Paul’s sermon from Acts 20, where Paul talks about both the Holy Spirit and elders.  Concerning the Holy Spirit, Paul reveals that the Spirit’s job is not to predict our future nor protect us from pain, but to align us to God’s mission.  In the same way, when we pay attention to the Holy Spirit today, he will always guide us towards God’s great goal of the world knowing the gospel of his son.  Concerning elders, Paul says that this same Holy Spirit is responsible for their appointment.  Elders, seen from this top-down perspective, are God’s instruments for the health of the church, and thereby the means indirectly through which the gospel is spread throughout the world.  Phil encouraged members to consider who they will recommend as part of the selection process.