March, 2012

What does the Holy Spirit do?

Last Sunday we examined what is the Holy Spirit.

This Sunday we will examine what the Holy Spirit does.

We will look at his role in the life of the believer, in the church, and in the world.

It is going to be an exciting Sunday. Be sure to be there!

BBQ and Special Prayer Meeting Tonight – 3/28

Join us tonight for a BBQ and special evening of prayer at Mike and Matt’s house.

7:30 PM

3944 51st St. Woodside, NY 11377

- Take the 7 train east towards Flushing

- Get off at the 52nd St. Station

- Walk over to 51st St. and then walk north.

- Once you cross Skillman our house will be half way down on the left

- We are the second floor of a townhouse – you will see people out front too.

Photos from the Skate Outreach at Astoria Park

Divine Invasion

God is invading our world by his Holy Spirit and establishing the Kingdom of God on earth…

But what is the Holy Spirit?

What is the Kingdom of God?

What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Are they all still available today?

How can we walk in and experience the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit?

What is God doing in the world today?

Come and join us for an exciting new series as we examine the Kingdom of God and the Holy Spirit.

Beginning this Sunday, March 18th.

The Problem of Evil

Five principles that help us understand The Problem of Evil: 

1.   The recognition of evil actually points to the existence of God.

- If there is no God, there is no right or wrong. That we recognize certain things as absolutely evil actually points to the existence of God because if God did not exist then neither does objective morality.

2.   Evil is a byproduct of human free will.

- God wants us to love him freely. So God has given humans the ability to choose good or evil and placed them in a world with real choices and options.

3.   We live in a fallen world.

- We don’t see the world as God intended it, but a broken, fallen world. All the wrongness of our world is a result of the fall.

4.   God suffers evil as well.

- God is not immune to our suffering but suffers with us as well. He has been a victim of evil. On the cross Jesus died for the sins of all mankind and experienced a level of suffering and evil we will never be able to comprehend.

5.   God will bring evil to an end.

- Evil, and pain, and suffering will not last forever. There is coming a day when Jesus will return and make all things right. And on that day God will wipe every tear from our eyes and there will be no more crying, or death, or pain for all the former things will pass away.

Is all truth relative?

Three simple problems with relativism:

1.   Relativism if self-refuting

2.   Relativism is unlivable

3.   Relativists don’t exist (there are no consistent relativists)

Lesley Newbigin writes in The Gospel In A Pluralist Society: “There is an appearance of humility in the protestation that the truth is greater than any one of us can grasp, but if this is used to invalidate all claims to discern the truth it is in fact an arrogant claim to a kind of knowledge which is superior to all others… We have to ask: “What is the (absolute) vantage ground from which you claim to be able to relativize all absolute claims these different scriptures make?”

Sex is a form of spirituality.

“I think a secularist has only one substitute left for God, only one experience in a desacrilized world that still gives him something like the mystical, self-transcending thrill of ecstasy that God designed all souls to have forever, and to long for until they have it. Unless he is a surfer, that experience has to be sex. We’re designed for more than happiness; we’re designed for joy. Aquinas writes, with simple logic, “Man cannot live without joy. That is why one deprived of true spiritual joys must spill over to carnal pleasures.”

“Drugs and alcohol are attractive because they claim to feed the same need. They lack the ontological greatness of sex, but they provide the same semi-mystical thrill: the transcendence of reason and self-consciousness. I do not mean this merely as moral condemnation, but as psychological analysis. In fact, though they sound shocking, I think the addict is closer to the deepest truth than the mere moralist. He is looking for the very best thing in some of the very worst places. His demand for a state in which he transcends morality is very wrong, but it’s also very right. For we are designed for something beyond morality, something in which morality will be transformed. Mystical union with God. Sex is a sign and appetizer of that. Moral absolutists must never forget that morality, though absolute, is not ultimate. It is not our Summum Bonum. Sinai is not the Promised Land; Jerusalem is. And in the New Jerusalem, what finally happens as the last chapter of human history is a wedding between the Lamb and His bride. Deprived of this Jerusalem, we must buy into Babylon. If we do not worship God, we will worship idols, for we are by nature worshippers.

Finally, what is the cure? It must be stronger medicine than philosophy, so I can give you only three words in answer to this last and most practical question of all. What we can do about it? What is the cure? These three words are totally unoriginal. They are not my philosophical argument, but God’s biblical demands. Repent, fast, and pray. Confess, sacrifice, adore. I know of no other answer, and I can think of nothing else that can save this civilization except Saints.

Please be one.” – Peter Kreeft

Picture of the ramp we built in El Salvador