Can God move among a people called Methodists? Hear the testimonies . . .
“Refreshing.” “Renewing.” “Liberating!” “I had a breakthrough moment with Jesus.” These are some of the phrases expressed coming out of Day 2 of the Christ Church Spiritual Renewal Conference. The conference continues tonight at 6:30 p.m. on the Christ Church Birmingham campus.
The text for last evening’s gathering was Acts 19:2, where the Apostle Paul asked the question, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
Our guest speaker, Mark Nysewander, taught by using the metaphor of a house representing our lives. Mark depicted our lives like three rooms in a house: The front room which is always focused outward to the world; the middle room where we may function by being governed only by our own mind, will and emotions; or the third room which is the place where our dead spirit was made alive when we came to know Jesus Christ. Mark engaged us by asking the question, “What room are you living in?”
Before we knew Christ, we “were dead in our trespasses and sins.”
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—“
It’s in the third room where our spirit, which has been made alive in Christ through our being “born again”, now has the capacity to commune with God through Christ and the Holy Spirit. It is this third room whereby God fills us with His Holy Spirit, and where we learn to “walk in the Spirit,” and thus live an empowered Christian life.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us walk in step with the Spirit.”
Mark shared how Christians can find themselves gravitating back to what they have always known, rather than living in the new life God has made available. We can fall back into being led by what we see in the world from the front room; or being ruled by our own mind, will and emotions in the middle room; or we can live in God’s life-giving design of a Spirit-empowered life.
Here are some highlights from the evening:
- Once again, the presence of God was palpable among us and increased throughout the evening.
- When the invitation was given in Monday night’s gathering, people filled the altar seeking fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit.
- While it is always good to see both men and women seeking God in prayer, it was noted that a significant number of men were at the altar kneeling in prayer seeking God.
- Prayer ministry continued to flow well after the service ended. People continued to go to the altar to pray and receive prayer even after the closing benediction.
- Many prayers continue to be lifted before God for physical healings.
- There was also a special ministry time shared with the Christ Church staff on Monday. The Lord’s presence was again palpable. There were many tears shed. Tears flowed as the Holy Spirit gave prophetic words and touched deep places within the hearts of His servants (See 1 Corinthians 14:3).
Can God move among a people called Methodists? He continues to . . .
We will gather again tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Christ Church Birmingham Worship Center. Once again, come expectantly. Come prayerfully. Come with an open heart to God! Look forward to seeing you.
Child care is available through 2nd grade.
For His renown,
Paul Lawler is the Lead-Pastor of Christ Church and founder of The Immersion School, a discipleship training center in Birmingham, Alabama. He and his wife, MJ, have four children and one daughter-in-law. In addition to serving as a pastor, Paul and his brother, Dallas area businessman Patrick Lawler, founded the Patricia B. Hammonds Girl’s Home for 60 orphans at high risk for human trafficking in Thailand. The home is operated through the international ministry of the Compassionate Hope Foundation. Paul also serves on the North Alabama Conference Discipleship Team. He often tweets Kingdom thoughts at @plawler111