I Believe in the Holy Spirit – Matt Chandler [The Village Church: The Apostles’ Creed (Part 9)]

October 25, 2015 The Village Church

The Apostles’ Creed (Part 9)

When it comes to the Holy Spirit, people tend to think wrongly about who He is and what He does. People tend to equate the Holy Spirit to emotionalism and spontaneity. They remove the Holy Spirit often times from all beauty of the biblical text that informs us of what He does and they make Him singular in that what He does is He brings these weird gifts that nobody understands, but that we all should want. I am not saying that the Holy Spirit doesn’t bring those gifts. What I am saying is that to reduce Him to that is to rob us  from the essence and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit’s role could be best understood as ransoming us from the type of spiritual orphans that we are and bringing us into a home where there is deep and abiding optimism that transcends our circumstances. That’s what the Holy Spirit of God does and so when we’re gonna talk about ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit, we’re gonna get that much more robust than the bringer of the sign gifts.

We are going to look at Jesus’s teaching on the Holy Spirit in John 14:18-29-

John 14:18-29New International Version (NIV)

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.

The Apostles’ Creed (Part 9) – I Believe in the Holy Spirit from The Village Church on Vimeo.

Matt Chandler’s 2 minute Christmas message for 2012

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Someone ( user Rob Jon )  excerpted Matt’s Christmas message for 2012 and posted it on youtube. The entire sermon will soon be posted to the church’s webiste – http://www.thevillagechurch.net/resources/sermons/

Matt Chandler – Holiness Part 1 of 4

Coming up daily Parte 2,3 and 4.

Listen to the audio here- http://my.ekklesia360.com

Click on photo for The Village Church audio sermon (54 minutes)

Read the notes from the entire sermon here- http://www.thevillagechurch.net/media/sermons/transcripts

Where you start on the point of holiness, external, moral holiness is not you at all. It’s the wrong starting point. If we’re going to talk about holiness we’ll have to start with God.

  • Here’s what I’ll tell you. I don’t believe in any way that our faith is a blind faith, and I find nowhere in Scripture that God has asked us to detach our minds from how he reveals himself to be. But here’s also where I press on you. Don’t pretend like you’re not living in a grid of faith right now. Well, no. My reality is defined by science. Science has a great deal of faith involved in it. Now if you want to talk about boiling water, no. But if you want to talk about why we’re here, where we came from, it’s… The word in science for faith is theory. That’s faith in science: theory. „We can’t prove it, but we think this is how it works.”
  • We try to fill in the gap. We begin to try to get up to God’s standard. By the way, his standard is hopelessly impossible. „Be holy, because I am. Be like me.” The rest of the Bible is going to say, „You’re not like me, but be like me.” Then we get stuck in this climb and slide, climb and slide type of existence with the Lord.
  • Not only is God, in his holiness, majestic, but he is also pure and morally perfect. Now I just created a bit of a philosophical, theological train wreck. I don’t know if you spotted it, but let’s chat some about it. If God is pure and morally perfect, what do we do about the reality that such horrific things occur? If he is all-knowing and everywhere at once and all-knowledgeable, why doesn’t he stop it? How is him not stopping it just and morally pure? I mean, that’s hard, isn’t it? Do we agree that’s hard?
  • God hasn’t painted in the words of Scripture some alternate reality we’re not experiencing. Isn’t the Bible filled with famines, loss, murder, rape, incest, death, disease? It shouldn’t surprise us! Where is this coming from? God didn’t try to hide this. What we see happening in the Scriptures and one of the reasons I’m trying to constantly drive you to the Scriptures is that God is at work in the mess in ways we can’t fathom.
  • One of the big reasons I’d love for you to read your Bible more than you do is because you’ll see how messy it is. You’ll look at guys who God says, „I love this guy,” and you go, This guy? I mean, this guy is a bum. He loves that guy? He extends grace to that guy, gives mercy to that guy? Maybe there is a shot for me. Or when the day of trouble arrives, you won’t be caught off guard as if that just arrived. I mean, it’s also been. The world is a broken place. What we know about God is that everything he does is good and holy and perfect.

Related links

Mark Driscoll interviews Matt Chandler

Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington poses several questions to Matt Chandler, Pastor of the Village Church in the Dallas area in Texas and also the new president of ACTS29, an international church planting organization about his new book – The explicit Gospel and about the difficulty of preaching and leading a church.

Here’s a quote from Matt Chandler that is an accurate description of someone who „assumes” the Gospel:

„People in the heartland are very informed about what the Bible teaches on holiness and what a Christian’s life should look like, but without a love for Jesus and an understanding of his justifying and adopting work on the cross, [they] lack the ability to joyfully pursue God’s commanded holiness.

So they find themselves in a state of self-righteousness because they compare their strengths to other people’s weaknesses and feel better about themselves….  then they get so discouraged trying to be good enough for God that they eventually bail on the church and Jesus because they think they tried him, but never really did.

You can read the entire interview here at http://pastormark.tv/2012/05/22/a-q-a-with-matt-chandler-about-his-new-book

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