From Pastor Caroline . . .

July 1, 2023

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
– Romans 15:13
We have certainly been blessed at Parkway as we have been witnessing the work of the Holy Spirit among us! Through difficulties and joys, God’s Spirit is always with us. That presence of God, that divine breath that is in us, sustaining us, is the joy within. As we seek that Spirit, we are blessed in return with joy.
Recognizing the work of the Spirit of God is something that we develop. It is part of our discipleship to improve our sight, to see the Spirit at work. And once we see the Spirit at work, we cannot keep that experience to ourselves, we share our experiences with others. It is through sharing that experience that we bring the work of the Spirit to greater fulfillment and we help others to develop that spiritual practice of recognizing the Spirit.
The Spirit works through us. We are part of the divine relationship; we are part of bringing forth the Kingdom of God. The Spirit at work through us is a critical part of the work of the Kingdom. But the Spirit only works through us to the extent that we allow that to happen. Don’t resist the Spirit. Allow the Spirit to work through you! If you do, you open the door for great blessing for yourself and for others.
This past week I had the opportunity to share about God at work among us and to hear about how God is working through other bodies of Christ. I was able to join with our greater Cooperative Baptist Fellowship family at the annual General Assembly. This year the GA was held here in Atlanta. We heard from our field personnel, gathered in learning labs and worshiped together. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and renewal.
The work of the Spirit among us is evident! Seek out the Spirit of God. Allow the Spirit to work through you. Share your experience with the Spirit so that the joy and blessing can multiply. Use that divine breath that you have been blessed with to do divine things in the world!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Caroline