It is important to have both vision and values in our lives. Vision provides direction. Values guide us and keep us on track. We have 10 Core Values at C3 and one of those is We Are Holy Spirit Led.
We aren’t led by the past.
We aren’t led by traditions.
We aren’t led by popular opinion.
We are led by the Holy Spirit.
Colossians 2:8, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”(NIV)
The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. He will never tell you to do something that is contrary to the world of God.
John 16:13, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”(NIV)
Acts 13:1-5, “Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. 4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.”(NLT)
In the early days of C3 on July 30, 2000 we were holding our church services in an elementary school and one week we got a call from the school faculty saying there was a Sunday we wouldn't be able to access the building on a Sunday. We couldn't just cancel church, so we had to think of another place to have services. I had this random idea to just pitch a tent for our services. At first, all of us just laughed at the idea, but then we realized, that would actually be a great solution! Because we were sensitive to the Holy Spirit, God provided a tent on that day we couldn't access the school and called it The Big Tent Thing. We saw so many people get saved and it turned out to be an awesome Sunday!
9. Holy Spirit led as it relates to weekend celebration services.
10. Holy Spirit led as it relates to conversations individually.
Ephesians 4:29-32, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”(NIV)
You can’t be a people pleaser and Holy Spirit led at the same time.
The Future – We are dreaming big dreams and relying on the Holy Spirit to show us what to do, when to do it, how to do it.
Exciting days ahead!
Check out this 60 second video where I share more about being Holy Spirit Led.