St. Paul's Lutheran Church

St. Paul's Evangelical Free Lutheran Church

21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road

Hagerstown, MD 21742

301-739-5442

Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful

The Pastor's Thoughts

"If you love me you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.  You know Him for He dwells with you and will be in you."   John 14:15-17

Or theme for May and June this year is that a living church is a Spirit led church, and I want to take this opportunity to talk about what it means to be led by the Spirit of God as opposed to living on our own and trusting in ourselves.

When Jesus knew His crucifixion was near He promised to send a Helper to His disciples. He knew they would no longer have Him to lead them in person and He understood that they would not do well on their own. He told them that the One whom He would send would be the source of their power and efforts in this world.

As we come into May we come into the Pentecost season when we celebrate the "birthday" of the Church, the coming of the Holy Spirit in might and power on thousands of people. On that extraordinary day God created a union of men and women that had never before been known on earth. People from all around the Roman empire were united, not politically, but in terms of their faith.

Since those first days the Church of Jesus Christ has expanded throughtout the whole world and has seen the Gospel reach those sometimes thought unreachable. And none of that would have been possible without the Holy Spirit indwelling men and women, bringing them to faith and leading them into lives which are increasingly Christ-like.

No church can be a true Kingdom church unless it allows the Holy Spirit to move and guide us in all that we do. No congregation can live in Christ unless the Holy Spirit lives in them and guides them. No work can be truly successful unless it is Spirit led work.

A congregation that depends solely on the ideas and ideals of people rather than the movement of the Spirit is a congregation that will soon die.

Pr. Culler