Talk to Group in Austin on What the Holy Spirit
has been doing in the world in modern times.
What indicators are there as to the time in which we live?
Reflecting on the Pentecostal and charismatic movements, increased evangelism, the ecumenical movement, developments with Israel and the Jewish people, the mounting conflict between evil and the work of God:
- Part 1: What the Spirit is doing in the world
- Part 2: Christian Hope - preparation of a spotless bride (Eph 5). Holy Spirit gives longing for the age to come. Hope and longing go together. The Spirit teaches the Bride how to long and to groan. Romans 8: the creation groans, Christians groan, and the Holy Spirit groans. The hope purifies our faith and our hearts. Communism is a Messianism without a Messiah. But Christianity has often become a Messiah without a Messianism
- Part 3: Liturgy - basic principles for understanding and participating in liturgical worship. Relationships liturgy and the Church that is foundationally communion in Christ. Word and Sacrament. Trinitarian structure. Relates past (God’s acts in Israel and in Jesus), present, and future (coming of Lord and his kingdom). Structuring time (day, week, year)
- Part 4: Liturgy - practical questions. How to worship in ecumenical context. How to move forward as the Holy Spirit leads. How to express your life as a community. The role of art.