Filled with the Spirit
Join us on this Thanksgiving weekend as we look at one of the evidences of a church being filled with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18-20 exhorts us to “be filled with the Spirit . . . giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” A church full of Spirit-filled people is a thankful church!
What are some of the other evidences of a Spirit-filled church? Join Pastor Larry McCall for this "sidebar message" in our Life in the Spirit series.
1. Verse 18 says that God’s people are to be “filled with the Spirit.” You might have been full of turkey or pumpkin pie this week, but what’s it mean for a person or for a church to be full of the Holy Spirit?
2. Verse 19 says that we are to sing to the Lord and make melody “with our heart.” What’s that mean? What should you do on days where your heart doesn’t feel like singing?
3. Verse 19 also says that we are to sing to each other, not just to God. How have you ever been encouraged or challenged by the words of a song you sang with God’s people?
4. Verse 20 says to thank God “always.” Thursday was set aside as a special day to give thanks, but that only comes once a year. What are ways that you can try to give thanks to God more consistently?
5. Verse 20 also says to give thanks “for everything.” Does that mean for difficult and painful things too? Why?
6. Verse 21 says that we all have people to whom we are to “submit.” What’s it mean to submit? Who are you called to submit to in your unique station of life? Why do you think Paul gives the motivation for submitting that He does (as opposed to the motivation being “out of reverence for that person”)?
Children's Bulletin for November 25, 2012
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (ESV)