IN REFLECTION

Are you aware of the Spirit's presence and dependent on His enabling ministry this week? On Sunday we talked about the often misunderstood doctrine of God the Holy Spirit. My hope is that we would not be confused, nor neglectful of the third person of the Godhead. We considered Sunday the person of the Holy Spirit (who He is), the work of the Holy Spirit (in creation, inspiration and regeneration), and our experience of the Holy Spirit (indwelling, baptism, sealing, sanctification). Let's worship Him as God, depend on Him for the strength and grace He supplies, take comfort and encouragement in His presence with us, and submit to His work in and through us for the glory of God.

You can listen to The Doctrine of God the Holy Spirit

IN PREPARATION

This week we come to the last of the essential doctrines in our statement of faith - the doctrine of salvation. I encourage you to read through our statement on salvation and consider the supporting texts. Pray with me that we would understand the gospel more deeply, embrace His grace more fully, worship Him more passionately, and proclaim this good news more boldly because of our time together in the word Sunday. Pray for the unbelievers in our midst to hear His voice and come to Christ in faith and repentance.

A DISCERNING WORD

Theology is always relevant, always practical, always necessary. We have spent the last month talking about the trinity - Father, Son and Spirit. This ancient truth is momentarily in the cultural spotlight as the movie adaptation of William Young's book, "The Shack" has captured the nation's attention. Is this a good thing? Is it Christian truth penetrating the secular world? Or is the message of "The Shack" something that Christians should be wary of and distance ourselves from? Tim Challies writes a clear and sobering article uncovering the convictions behind the novel. I commend it to you.

LADIES RETREAT

On Saturday, April 1st, Countryside will be hosting a retreat centered on the theme "Living My Life in Light of the Gospel." They have invited all the ladies age 16 and older at Redemption Hill to attend. The event will start at 8:30am and conclude at 4:30pm. The cost is $15 and includes breakfast and lunch.