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Faith Alive! | October 2013

In Faith Alive! this issue:

  • Editorial The Spirit of God and us
  • COVER FEATURE: The Holy Spirit
  • What is “God’s Spirit”?
  • What is the Holy Spirit?
  • Grace
  • Chance & providence
  • Jesus believed that …
  • The Helper
  • Holy Spirit Gifts
  • A Spirit / Holy Spirit Notepad
  • The Spirit we must possess
  • Zechariah’s visions The Golden Lampstand
  • UKYC
  • Christadelphian Care Homes (CCH)
  • CIL Youth Week
  • Russian Youth Week
  • Crossword

A sample article from this edition:


The Spirit of God & us

There are many people in the world who claim “to possess” or “to be able to control” or simply “to have” God’s power.

These claims, generally speaking, fit into two classes:

  1. Those who claim miraculous, supernatural powers as their own, given to them by God by which they perform extraordinary things.
  2. Those who claim that the power of God influences their individual lives, thoughts and decisions directly, in some way.

Interestingly, neither of these groups is exclusively Christian. On the contrary; the diversity of claims of “spiritual” power or influence extends across religions of all shades and in some cases identical claims are made by those who claim no religion. So what is the truth?

In seeking answers about this important subject, as in all things, the Bible must be both our first port of call and our guide if we truly want to be followers of the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This edition of Faith Alive! explores some of these issues:

  • Examining what the “Spirit of God” is about – including providence and grace.
  • Looking at the “Holy Spirit” – including “gifts of the Holy Spirit” – what it is (and isn’t) and what they are (and aren’t).
  • Including a “Spirit notepad” dealing with some “spirit based” issues and passages.*

The way in which the Almighty God works and how exactly He achieves the things He sets out to do are beyond us. His ways and thoughts are high above us, yet, we are asked to seek Him diligently, earnestly think about and absorb His revealed word so that it can effect change in us.

We can become changed by the work of the Spirit of God upon us; not in some mystical sense claimed by so many others, but by the daily action of God’s powerful word, which once spoken does what it needs to do; as it did at the creation of the world, so God’s words can do the same for us by making us new creations for and by Him. By this means, this change in us (if we allow it to occur) can, and by right should, be attributed to God and the power He possesses.

*Let us know if you have a question about any given “spirit” passage and we will do our best to answer the issues – email Edward with your question:

Edward Carr – Editor


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