In this series on Christian growth, we’re going to talk about the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. One of the main differences between Christianity and moral religion in general is that Christians believe only through the influence of the Holy Spirit are we able and enabled to do anything good. Only through the Holy Spirit can we grow. It’s through the Spirit’s work anything gets accomplished in our lives, not through our own effort.

If we come to faith in Christ, come to God through Christ, then the Spirit of God comes in, and we can know God personally through the Spirit. Through the Spirit’s influence in our lives, we can actually experience God, not just know about him and not just know what he requires of us, but actually experience him.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 10, 1989. Series "Growth in Christ, Part 1". Scripture: Ephesians 5:18-21;3:14-21.

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