From the Pastor’s Heart

The Source of All Truth

March, 2019

Human beings are the most treasured of all of God’s creation. Genesis 1:26 informs us that on the sixth day God said, “Let us make man in our own image”, the word “us” is referring to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three were present at the beginning of creation, and all three are essential to guiding and equipping us as disciples of Christ. Throughout my journey, I have discovered that there are many who give credit to God the Father as Creator, and Jesus Christ as Savior, but have neglected the opportunity to be Spirit filled. As the Church, we have an obligation to be spirit led, so that others can know the truth.

The Church is fundamental to the life and stability of the Christian. The church is not a building, but comprised of believers, who have accepted as their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the head (Eph. 1:22-23), and the foundation (Eph. 2:20). For the church to be truly efficient, loving, blameless, and righteous, we must embrace the presence, the work, the gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The world should be able to see the Lord within and through the church, as witnessed on the day of Pentecost.

In Acts 2:38, Peter encouraged the people to repent and be empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul, in his letters to the various churches, consistently exhort the people to live Spirit-filled lives, to be in unity, accountability, and holiness on account of God’s loving grace. When we are empowered and filled with the Holy Spirit, it renders us hope, joy, peace, which are all tenets for kingdom living as noted in Romans 15:13 and 14:17.

Humanity, in the flesh without the Holy Spirit, cannot overcome sin (Rm.8:3). As our

Advocate, the Holy Spirit conveys God’s righteousness, joy, and peace purchased through Christ’s broken body and shed blood. It reveals the ways of righteous living and empowers us to share and speak the truth with love and compassion.

The Holy Spirit is our Advocate, guide, and source for righteous living. As such, we need to make room for the Holy Spirit to operate in us and through us. As you interact with the rest of society, I encourage you to be guided by the Spirit of God, to listen with an open mind, a pure heart, a spirit of freedom, and a sincere love. May the Spirit of God, season your conversations with grace.

Jesus said: “But I will send you the Comforter—the Holy Spirit, the source of all truth. He will come to you from the Father and will tell you all about me.”

In Christ,

Pastor Olivet