Sermon Recap: SPIRIT IN US based on Romans 8:11, 22-27, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:18-20

Just as we struggle to know and understand the Holy Spirit and his impact on our lives, we also fail to understand how much God desires to empower our lives. Humanity, for too long, has believed the lies that we are worthless, nobodies, and without purpose or meaning in life. We have exchanged the eternal and what has lasting value to that which is directly in front of us to make ourselves feel good. Corinth, in Paul’s day, experienced great struggle. Because they had bought into the lie, they fully embraced idolatry, substituting the true devotion and worship of God for others. The city also was known for its immorality. Even though they believed that immorality and temple prostitution were vital for the fertility of their crops, the city actually had one of the lowest average lifespans of its time and one of the highest STD epidemics of the Roman empire!

However, Paul conveyed a message to this city that holds true for us today: God values us and desires to dwell with us. But that dwelling is more than just among us; rather, it is inside of us! If we are in Christ, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the place where God decided to pitch his tent! What does this mean for us?

  1. We are valuable to God (1 Cor 6:19-20, 3:16). Just as we choose to invest in that which we value, God chose to invest in us. He gave everything, including his life on the cross, so we can be in a relationship with him and have a means to address our sinful condition. We were bought for a price (1 Cor 6:20), which was Jesus’ shed blood. Because of what Jesus did, we are washed white as snow, and we can become holy and worthy (1 Cor 3:16). Why? Because God loves us and considers us to be of great worth to him! Stop trying to fill that need for value outside of God, for nothing else will satisfy. Don’t buy the lie that you don’t need God and you need the approval of others; Jesus died for you even when you were deep in your sin!
  1. We have access to resurrection power (Rom 8:11). The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us. That means the Spirit present at his baptism, that anointed Jesus for the ministry, that recovered sight for the blind and set the captive free, dwells in us! We are more powerful than we think we are because the one in us is far greater than the one in the world (1 John 4:4). We don’t have to stay in defeat. We don’t have to live stuck in sin and struggle. We don’t have to buy the lie that we are weak, powerless, and hopeless. The Spirit in us gives us the ability to overcome the evil one; stand as more than a conqueror!
  1. We are adopted children of God (Rom 8:22-23). When we call on the name of the Lord and believe in Christ, we have the right to become children of God (John 1:12). The Spirit in us becomes the guarantee that we are children and heirs, set to inherit eternal life. We are children of the King of Kings! Even though we might have a past, if we are in Jesus, the past remains in the past; we are a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). You were chosen by God and welcomed into his family. You are important to God!
  1. We have a saving hope (Rom 8:24-25). In a world that feels hopeless, the Spirit is the constant reminder of hope. Why? Because the God of the impossible dwells inside of us! The Spirit in us is the constant reminder of God’s victory over death, hell, and the grave, that the Evil One, the Adversary of our souls, has been defeated, and this world has no hold on us. Even when things look hopeless, we can cling to hope, for God’s plan for us includes hope and a future (Jer 29:11).
  1. We have prayer assistance (Rom 8:26-27). We all struggle with prayer from time to time. In times of great heartache and stress, words fall short. But the Spirit in us connects to the Father and synchronizes our hearts to God. Sometimes, the Spirit intercedes on our behalf (8:27). At other times, the Spirit speaks in groanings we cannot understand (8:26). Prayer connects us to God. We can be in his presence because the Spirit is in us!

Since the Spirit is in us and counters the narrative in the world, how should we live? What adjustments should we make?

  1. Care for the sacred temple (1 Cor 3:17). Since we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, keep it holy. Value who you are in Christ. Do not purposefully allow sin into your midst. Do not destroy the gift God has given you and live fully for God. Watch out for compromise, allowing culture, sin, and corruption to trick you into worshiping an idol, surrendering your connection to God because you think something else will satisfy you.
  1. Flee from immorality (1 Cor 6:18). To flee is to run away as if a lion is behind you chasing you down. We should do the same for all forms of sexual immorality. Do not believe the lie that we need to live for the moment and discard all morality. Instead, keep yourselves pure, avoiding the snare of sexual temptation. If you have sinned, go and sin no more!
  1. Honor God with your body (1 Cor 6:20). God has given everything for you and placed his Spirit inside of you. Can we give God 100% of ourselves and hold nothing back? Do we live in such a way that people can clearly see Jesus in everything we do?
  1. Claim your place as a member of the family of God (Rom 8:22-24). You are a child of the King; live like it! Your life has value and meaning because of God; stay connected to him!

Questions for Reflection

1) How do you truly view yourself in light of God? What about others?

2) What guilt, sin, or shame holds you back from giving 100% of yourself to God?

3) In what area do you need the resurrection power?

4) What other idols do you turn to before God? Can you tear them down?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, in addition to honoring our mothers, Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of the Holy Spirit series with the sermon titled, “Our Spiritual Calling” based on Acts 1:1-8 and Ephesians 5:16-20. How does the Spirit empower us for witness? How should it impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for May 7 – 13

May 7: Psalm 15:1-5 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 8: Psalm 16:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 9: Psalm 18:1-15 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 10: Psalm 18:16-36 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 11: Psalm 18:37-50 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 12: Psalm 19:1-14 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 13: Psalm 20:1-9 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Saturday, May 11–Mother/Daughter Banquet @ 5 pm

Sunday, May 12–Mother’s Day

Monday, May 13–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 15–Ministry Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Thursday, May 16–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, May 19–Baptism Sunday & Carry-in Celebration

Sunday, June 2–Summer Hours Begin (First Sunday Breakfast @ 8:45 am, Sunday School @ 9:15 am, Worship @ 10:30 am)

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of May is Galatians 5:22-23:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL NOT meet this Sunday, May 12.

Children’s Church will take the summer months off (June, July, August).

MOTHER DAUGHTER BANQUET

The mother-daughter banquet will take place Saturday, May 11 at 5 pm, sponsored by Men’s Fellowship. So far, only two households have signed up for the banquet. Please sign up by this Sunday, May 5, or call the church office to have your name placed on the list. The men need to know by WEDNESDAY AT NOON approximately how many people will be attending for accurate food acquisition.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. So far, we have had only a few names sign up. We need several other volunteers. Please consider volunteering for this great outreach today!

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP CLASS

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

For those who are interested in transferring membership, you only need to attend the classes on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19. Also, please email Pastor Ryan the name of your previous church so we can mail out the request for transfer of membership.

GRADUATES!

If you are graduating this year or know of a graduate, please call the office. We are aware of one graduate. We are in the process of planning graduate recognition Sunday.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–May 7, 2024