At MCC Newcastle, we believe:
The Holy Spirit moves in different ways, such as
inspiring, challenging and healing us, and deepening our relationship with God.
The Holy Spirit seems to be the most mysterious aspect of God as Trinity. We understand God as Creator – the BIG God – perhaps taught to us as sitting on a cloud somewhere, looking down on us. We can picture Jesus, read the stories of his life, feel connected to him through his humanity.
But the Holy Spirit? Some of us were brought up saying “the Holy Ghost” – that confused matters even more.
Our Bedrock belief discussions focussed on the diverse ways that we try to describe the Holy Spirit – the God within; the still small voice of God; God working through us. Paul describes what we experience when the Holy Spirit is at work – the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (Galatians 5:22)
Another way of experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit is to notice how we behave in certain situations. Many times, someone will be recounting something that has happened to them, and will say “I don’t know why, but I said…” or “I never usually do that but it just seemed like the right thing
to do.” For me, this is the Holy Spirit at work, nudging us in our day to day lives, when we listen with our souls, rather than just our hearts and minds.
The Holy Spirit is present in the beautiful, powerful silence of
our worship and when the music takes us to a deeper place. She is God in each breath we take. May you feel the power of the Holy Spirit today.