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God In Us Week 4

Most Christians know something about God and a little more about Jesus, but the Holy Spirit remains a mystery to many.

If we want to understand who God is, we need to understand all of who God is. When it comes to the Holy Spirit, we have established the personhood of the Holy Spirit along with his active presence and power in the world since the dawn of creation. Jesus promised the Father would send the Holy Spirit who would fill his followers and empower them to live an entirely new way of life.

The Spirit’s Arrival, Acts 2

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.”

  • Do you feel confident in your identity as a beloved child of God? If not, what causes you to question this? Have you ever considered praying to the Holy Spirit for assurance of your standing with the Father?
  • How does your experience of diversity within the church compare to the radical diversity and inclusivity displayed at the Spirit’s arrival on the day of Pentecost?
  • Do you display the energy and Spirit-driven new life to make onlookers pause and take notice? Could you be quenching the Spirit’s work in your life? Why? How?
  • Christianity is not a movement driven by human invention or ingenuity – it is the direct result of the power of God. Are there things in your personal life or the life of your family that simply cannot be explained by human factors? If comfortable, take a moment to share these with each other and together thank God for His intervention.
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On August 26, 2021, IL Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an Executive Order mandating that masks be worn at all indoor gatherings. Although churches are exempt from the Executive Order, out of respect for governing authorities, Parkview has continued to ask staff, leaders, volunteers, and those attending Sunday gatherings to wear a mask while indoors. We are grateful for our people’s understanding and willingness to do so. The Governor recently indicated that his Executive Order will be rescinded on Monday, February 28th making masks no longer required in most indoor settings. In anticipation of that, on Sunday, February 27th Parkview will return to a “mask optional” policy.

While the mask policy has once again shifted, our commitment to your health and wellbeing has not. We remain dedicated to thoroughly cleaning our public spaces before and after our gatherings. Masks and hand sanitizer are still readily available to those who want them.

Navigating these difficult days has not always been clear or easy. Whatever your perspective on current realities, as fellow Christians, let us allow kindness, grace and compassion characterize our interaction and relationships. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Let us be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

I look forward to being with you on Sundays.
Grace and Peace,
Ray S. Kollbocker
Lead Pastor