23 May 2021

Dear church family

Today is Pentecost Sunday in our Anglican Church calendar. God the Holy Spirit came in power to indwell the lives of the disciples of Jesus Christ and initiated the beginnings of God’s Church called to be witnesses for Jesus in the world. As children of God, we have and need the power of the Holy Spirit to live holy and fruitful lives, especially during this current Covid-19 pandemic.

Firstly, let us walk in the Spirit. “Walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Gal 5:16). There is a constant battle in our heart and mind concerning our sinful nature (flesh). The indwelling Spirit of God will grant us the grace and strength to live in obedience to God’s Word and overcome our sinful desires.

Secondly, let us bear the fruit of the Spirit, which is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Gal 5:22-23). May our hearts be transformed daily by the Holy Spirit as we grow in Christlikeness in our attitude, behaviour and conduct in all areas of our life.

Thirdly, let us exercise the gifts of the Spirit. “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” (Rom 12:6). God has given spiritual gifts to His people for the edification of His church at St John’s Chapel. Let us use these gifts faithfully to encourage one another and to do the gospel mission work.

Let us seek the Lord fervently that even in the midst of this pandemic, many people will come to salvation faith in Jesus through our lifestyle evangelism and church online services. May the Church of God arise with fresh zeal and power of the Holy Spirit to minister to a lost and fearful world with God’s love.

Pastor John

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