Thursday, June 23, 2005

Preaching and the anointing of the Holy Spirit

Pete Porter at Brian's Nonsense offers this advice on preaching and the Holy Spirit:

The Anointing of the Holy Spirit always accompanies the cross and resurrection of Jesus. If you want the Lord to move in your midst, then, as Paul, preach Jesus and him crucified. In this alone is the focus of all God's dealings with man. By this the love of God is manifest to the world. By this sin is put away. In the cross is healing of all sickness and infirmity. Through the resurrection is all authority over all the works of the devil. And by Jesus death we have access to the presence of the Almighty. And in the ascension of Jesus we have received the Holy Spirit.

The more I look at problems in the church, from personal sin through empire building and doctrinal quibbling, the more I appreciate Paul's words to the Corinthians: "For I determined to know nothing among you but Jesus Christ and him cruficied" (1 Cor. 2:2). Amen.


Blogger Keith Brenton said...

Always good advice. Though, if I may be impertinent enough to amend Paul, I'd add "... and risen."

12:39 PM, June 24, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Yep. Thanks for the input, Keith!

6:21 PM, June 24, 2005  

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