Matthew R. Perry

What’s the Holy Spirit’s Address?

In Worship on July 23, 2006 at 4:36 pm

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. [10] But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. [11] If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

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This past Wednesday, thirty came for our weekly Bible study through the Psalms and our prayer meeting. Toward the end of our time together, I asked everyone to go through a little exercise. I asked them, “When you think of Boone’s Creek Baptist Church, I want each of you to tell me what word comes to your mind.” It was very telling. The majority of the words caring, loving, compassion, rich history, etc. But two words truly stuck out in my mind: family and home.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives us some helpful definitions of ‘home.’ Consider the following:

  • 2 : the social unit formed by a family living together
    3 a : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment; also : the focus of one’s domestic attention <home is where the heart is> b : HABITAT
  • 1 : relaxed and comfortable : at ease <felt completely at home on the stage>
    2 : in harmony with the surroundings
    3 : on familiar ground

My desire and your desire as well is that we would be a place for the people of God to come and to find a home, if that is God’s will for them. We desire for those who do not know Christ to hear the truth and to see the love that comes from the Holy Spirit’s love moving through us.

Yet, as we read this passage of Scripture from Romans 8:9-11, the question that immediately arises is this — and it is a question that is the most important question to ever be asked: is the Spirit at home in you? Is your heart His address? Is He in harmony with the surroundings of your thoughts, words, actions? Is he on familiar ground? 1 Cor. 6:19-20: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, [20] for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. “

How can we know?

(Click here to listen to this sermon via RealAudio. Right click and click on “Save Target As” to save it to your files. This was preached on 23 July 2006 at the Boone’s Creek Baptist Church, Lexington, KY. This is Part III of the series on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness.)

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