Immanuel held a mini- retreat during the weekend and the program concluded on Pentecost Sunday with one newcomer that attended the service.
The preacher Pastor Jefferson explicated the meaning and role of the Holy Spirit during the weekend mini-retreat taking reference from the scripture 1 Corinthians 12 concerning the spiritual gifts and unity as Christ’ body. The Church unites as a body of Christ through the intervention of the Holy Spirit that manifest the diverse work of God for the common good and the Church members should eagerly long for it. Most of all one must eagerly desire for the greater gifts.
Another Biblical reference was taken from 1 Corinthians 14:1-6 exhorting members to follow the way of love eagerly while desiring gifts of the Spirit. Although one may possess many spiritual gifts if there is no heart of love to edify each other, the Church cannot bear many fruits. The Bible teaches us to unite by remaining in Jesus, John 15: 7,8 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
Therefore, the preacher reminded how important it is to know Jesus truly and remain in him.
On Pentecost Sunday the preacher concluded the Mini-Retreat by delivering the sermon from Acts 2: 1-4 describing how the Holy Spirit descended and built the first Church. When one receive the Holy Spirit by faith, every sinful desires of the flesh will be weakened and disappear. As the Holy Spirit enters one’s heart and soul and mind, the spirit’s desire will awaken and manifest strongly in one’s life. The preacher exhorted the attendants to desire for the Holy Spirit and long for the spirit to manifest in one’s faith life.
During the Mini-Retreat, three sermons were delivered and prayer meeting was held twice for the members to experience the Spiritual gifts. Sharing time and counseling time was also held during the gathering, one member confessed receiving much grace and it motivated him to know God more. On Sunday, after the table fellowship a competitive game of Table Tennis was held among members. Montreal Immanuel give thanks to God for the grace poured out during the retreat. Please continue to pray for the growth of the Church members in their spiritual journey of faith.