Recently at White Fields I started a new series in which we will study through the Book of Acts.
After announcing it I got some interesting comments which I hadn’t expected.
One person commented: “Wow, I never thought the Book of Acts was this exciting! I’ve never paid much attention to it.”
Another told me that in all her years as a Christian she had never been in a church that taught the Book of Acts because it was considered too controversial – all that stuff about the Holy Spirit.
I found these comments surprising because to me, the Book of Acts is the most exciting book in the Bible. It is the first book I ever taught in church and the book I continually come back to for vision, direction and inspiration.
How sad it is that some churches would find the Holy Spirit – God’s Spirit – too controversial a topic to teach people about.
I love what John Stott says about the Holy Spirit:
Without the Holy Spirit, Christian discipleship would be inconceivable, even impossible. There can be no life without the life-giver, no understanding without the Spirit of truth, no fellowship without the unity of the Spirit, no Christlikeness of character apart from his fruit, and no effective witness without his power. As a body without breath is a corpse, so the church without the Spirit is dead.
– John Stott