Sermon Quotes: "Enabled and Empowered"

To be able to confess that the Jesus of the incarnation, cross, and resurrection is truly the Lord, especially in the face of a society that has lords aplenty, already attests the powerful, transforming work of the Holy Spirit. (D.A. Carson)

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” (John 15:26, ESV)

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:13, ESV)

“To be truly ‘spiritual’ drives a person neither to ecstasy nor to individualism nor to other-worldliness, but into the life of the local church as an expression of his personal commitment to Jesus as Lord and to his body here on earth.” (David Prior)

Spiritual gifts are always given to be used, and the use is for the edification of the whole body of believers, not some individual possessor of the gift. (Leon Morris)

“There is often a strong tendency to speak, in a rather possessive and clinging way, of ‘my gift’; whereas Scripture teaches us here as elsewhere that they are God’s gifts to the body for the purpose of establishing Jesus as Lord.” (David Prior)

“A genuine recapturing of the Pauline perspective will not isolate the Spirit in such a way that ‘Spiritual gifts’ and ‘Spirit phenomenon’ take pride of place in the church, resulting in churches which are either ‘charismatic’ or otherwise. Rather, a genuine recapturing of the Pauline perspective will cause the church to be more vitally Trinitarian, not only in its theology, but in its life and Spirituality as well. This will mean not the exaltation of the Spirit, but the exaltation of God; and it will mean not focus on the Spirit as such, but on the Son, crucified and risen, Savior and Lord of all.” (Gordon Fee)