Thursday, 14 June 2007

Holy Spirit and Experience

I'm doing a seminar this weekend on the Holy Spirit and experience. To what extent should we 'feel' anything as Christians? And what should we 'feel'? Here's a great quote from my hero John Newton (of Amazing Grace fame) who wonderfully speaks of his relationship with Christ....

“The love of God, as manifested in Jesus Christ, is what I would wish to be the abiding object of my contemplation; not merely to speculate upon it as a doctrine, but so to feel it, and my own interest in it, as to have my heart filled with its effects, and transformed into its resemblance; that with this glorious exemplar in my view, I may be animated to a spirit of benevolence, love and compassion to all around me…”