Video 6: Lesson 5 “Strength For The Journey”

Strength for the Journey: Empowered by the Spirit

Turn to page 31 in your study guide.

In previous lessons, we’ve seen over and over our dependence upon the grace of God in the Christian life. The very plan of salvation is the story of God’s gracious initiative to send His son to die on the cross for sinners who were as yet in rebellion against God. Having responded to the gospel, Christians then learn that their response was actually rooted in God’s gracious choosing and calling of them before the foundation of the earth. In the fight for holiness, we find that all our efforts have their start in the sanctifying work of God, who “works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). The Christian life is truly “all of grace, from first to last.”

Because of this, God never intended believers merely to “trudge on” in their own strength. Indeed, one of the great promises of Scripture comes at the very end of the book of Matthew, just after the giving of the Great Commission: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). In this lesson, Pastor Scott will explore more fully the source of strength for the Christian journey: the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.

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