Does the Church get the Holy Spirit right?

Today I was in a Theology Lecture on the Holy Spirit. We were discussing how there has been increasing interest recently in the Holy Spirit, and how He relates to us and the Church in general today.

The question was asked however, whether the church has got the Holy Spirit right or not. In other words, does the church fully recognise the Holy Spirit in every aspect of Church and Christian life.

Personally, I think it depends from church to church. I think a church should be Word and Spirit focussed. That is, that we as believers rely on God’s Word, the Bible for all our teaching. Yet, we should rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us, shape us and mould us. Part of that guiding and shaping is leaving room for the Holy Spirit to work. It also means being open to different ways for the Holy Spirit to work, even ways in which you don’t feel comfortable!

Now, here is a confession: I’m not a cessationist! That means that I don’t believe that the Gifts of the Spirit have stopped. Therefore, I am a continuationist!

I’ve seen with my own eyes the Holy Spirit healing people, giving people words of encouragement. I’ve also been on the receiving end of ‘prophetic words’ that have actually happened in my life. Quite specific words at that too!

But that’s not the point of this post. I’m just simply asking the question “Do churches today fully get the Holy Spirit?” or do they limit Him and confine Him to suit theologies that they make out of Scripture? Or do they just play down the role of the Holy Spirit?

What do you think?!

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @