Thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice and grace, we no longer live under the law, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2) But what does it mean to live in the Spirit? How do we follow Jesus’ example and live our lives in a way that honours God by obeying what He said even if it’s counter-cultural – “God or money – you choose”; “Ignore the poor at your peril”; “Turn the other cheek”; “Love your enemies”; “Let it go…” and more.
AW Tozer said "A scared world needs a fearless church", so despite the fact that what Jesus calls us to may lead us into difficult and uncomfortable places, as a church we want to be known as fearless, serving those around us with a passion from Jesus and energy from the Holy Spirit to communicate the love of the Father.
This autumn we’re going to be thinking about “Disruptive Spirituality”. Not airy-fairy stuff, but hard-hitting, radical words that Jesus said that mean that those who follow him stand out from the crowd and stand up for truth, righteousness and justice with our feet planted firmly on the rock, who is Jesus. We also have many people from the Bible, Old and New Testament, to whom we can look for examples, and the challenge will always be “How do I put this into practice in my day-to-day living?”
We can only really do that with the help of the Holy Spirit, so as we look at what Jesus said we’ll be considering how we use our Holy Spirit gifts in everyday situations, raising our expectation that God will speak to us through the person of the Holy Spirit, either with words especially for us as individuals, for us as a church, and for those that we live near or work with each week. And of course, we’ll be thinking about how we do all of this with love, so that we’re not a “clanging cymbal”.