Life In The Spirit Event
A Life in the Spirit Event Is . . .
- People receiving Biblical teaching on who the Holy Spirit is and what the Spirit can do in their lives;
- People having the opportunity to be filled with the Spirit;
- People being empowered and gifted for ministry to the world;
- People receiving powerful prayer ministry;
- People experiencing the Holy Spirit’s touching their lives and changing them forever. The Holy Spirit comes as an active participant in the weekend.
Description of the Event“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (Acts 19:2 NIV). Because of a lack of teaching, understanding and personal experience, many good church members would have to answer in the same way as the Ephesian disciples… “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (v.3).
The Life in the Spirit Event is an exciting strategy designed to acquaint the participant with the person, the work, and the power of the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity), using scripture and personal testimony. Every effort is made to see that the content is both scripturally balanced and Wesleyan in nature. The weekend is designed to heighten awareness of the Spirit of God working in our personal lives and in the life of the church, to remove any barriers the participants might have to the Holy Spirit moving in their lives, and to create a greater openness to the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
During the Life in the Spirit Event, the grace of God, the love of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit become active in the worship, the short teachings, and the contagious testimonies of faith that are shared by team members. As a result, the participants discover the potential and the power of the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct their lives into the fullness of Christ Jesus that God offers to every believer. Participants are encouraged and challenged to receive “the Promise of the Father” and to begin walking with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Event OverviewIn the weekend model, the event begins on Friday evening (usually with a covered dish dinner) with worship, teaching on praise, and a small group experience led by team members. All sessions begin with 10-20 minutes of worship using a mix of familiar hymns and contemporary worship choruses.
On Saturday morning, team members share on ten ministries of the Holy Spirit, (i.e., love, prayer, guidance). The afternoon teaching session centers around kingdom encounters in the book of Acts, as well as the gifts and fruit of the Spirit. On Saturday evening, the coordinator(s) share personal testimonies regarding the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The evening closes with an opportunity for participants to be filled with the Spirit and to receive prayer and personal ministry from team members.
Meals during the day on Saturday may be on-your-own or arranged by the church. The team normally takes responsibility for the morning worship on Sunday, with the coordinator preaching and team members leading in worship and liturgy. During the church school hour, team members are available to teach or share in adult/youth classes with advanced notice.
The schedule for the Life in the Spirit Event is extremely flexible. It may be held as a one day event and may also be custom designed for the needs of your local church.
Although this event is most often done for individual local churches, it has been done for clusters, districts, annual conferences, retreats, in prisons and in a number of international settings.