Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Second Sunday of Pentecost: The Holy Spirit - We Are Not Left Alone

On this Second Sunday after Pentecost we continue our series on the Holy Spirit.  

As Mennonites, as well as other Christian communions, we do not have a very developed theology of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit of God is the presence of Jesus Christ with us.  Over the first few weeks following Pentecost Sunday we are exploring how are living as disciples of Jesus is integrally connected to living in and by the Spirit of God.

Connect to Promise of the Holy Spirit: One Who Comes Alongside.  Jesus promised upon his leaving (ascension) that he will not leave us as orphans - but that he will send another Comforter - another Paraclete.  Paraclete is a Greek word meaning, "One who comes alongside."  Jesus sends the Spirit to be with us always - and no matter what we encounter the Spirit comes alongside of us.  In fact, the Spirit, in taking up residence in the Body of Christ comes alongside of us through one another.

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