David Cwir - The Experience of the Spirit and Belief in the Truth

The scriptures speak of salvation in terms of God the Father as initiating it, Christ as effecting it historically through His death and resurrection, and the Spirit as the one who effects it experientially in the individual life and in the church. Although important, Salvation in Christ is not simply a theological truth, based on God’s prior action and the historical work of Christ. Salvation is an experienced reality, made so by the Spirit coming into our lives. For the early church the experience of the Spirit is a crucial part of conversion; but so was trusting the truth of what Christ has done for us. Check out this week’s audio message to learn about how crucial both the objective historical reality of what Christ accomplished and the subjective, personally experienced dimension of salvation are for understanding what happens at conversion.

Trisha Cwir - Matter Matters: The Natural World is Part of Your Spiritual Life

There are two ditches on either side of the path of life: Legalism on the one side and lawlessness on the other. This week Trisha teaches about how to stay on the path of life by avoiding gnostic ideas that “spirit is good and body is bad,” which can lead people to fall into both ditches. Check out this message if you would like to learn more about true “Spirit-uality” that obliterates false dualistic notions that make people feel like they can become more “spiritual” through their own attainment, rather the through the Holy Spirit.

David Cwir - The Spirit of Revelation and Faith

[The Spirit Series] Conversion is the work of the Spirit, beginning with the proclamation and revelation of the gospel. Faith occurs at the point between hearing the gospel and our calling in God and is in some mysterious way the working of the Holy Spirit as both cause and effect. In other words, the Spirit is the one who initiates our faith and is also received by that same faith. So, faith itself, which comes by the Spirit, leads us to receive and experience the Spirit who also comes through that same faith! The Spirit is also the One who reveals the mystery of the gospel to us so that we can have faith and receive salvation (1 Cor. 2:6-16). Check out this week’s audio message if you would like to hear more about the Spirit's role in revelation, faith, and identifying the people of God.

David Cwir - The Spirit & Conversion: “Did You Receive the Spirit?”

[The Spirit Series] The Spirit is the absolute key to understanding Christian conversion in the early church and was primarily understood as the work of the Spirit. So much so, that when inquiring about people’s conversion, no one in the Bible ever asks “Are you saved?” rather they asked “Did you receive the Spirit?” (e.g., Gal. 3:2; Acts 19:2). Why? Because the evidence that they were “saved” in the early church was whether or not they had the Spirit (Rom. 8:9; John 3:5). Check out this week’s audio message if you would like to learn more about how the Spirit plays a central role every step in the process of conversion.

David Cwir - Understanding Salvation: The Threefold Activity of the Triune God

[The Spirit Series] How is salvation brought about in our lives? According to scripture, God is the initiator, Christ is the one who has effected it historically, and the Spirit is the one who brings it experientially to bear in our lives. In other words, Salvation in Christ is not simply a theological truth, based on God’s prior action and the historical work of Christ. Salvation is an experienced reality, made so by the person of the Spirit coming into our lives. In fact, scripture says that you have not experienced the work of Christ if you have not received the Spirit (e.g., Romans 8:9). One simply cannot be a Christian without the effective work of the Trinity. Check out this week’s audio message if you would like to hear more about the absolutely vital role the Spirit plays in our salvation in Christ

David Cwir - The End Time Realities of Salvation & The Metaphors that Express Them

What is salvation? The early church understood salvation in Christ as a thoroughly End Time reality. However, they also understood that believers live “between the times” with regard to the two resurrections, so salvation is to be understood as an “Already/Not Yet” reality. That’s why you see the language of salvation is sometimes a PAST EVENT: (“we have been saved;” Eph. 2:8), it is sometimes spoken of as a PRESENT PROCESS (“we are being saved;” 1 Cor. 1:18), and sometimes the CONCLUSION OF THE PROCESS that is yet to be completed (“we shall be saved;” Romans 5:9). Check out this week’s message if you would like to learn more about the multifaceted realities of salvation and the biblical metaphors that are used to express those realities:

David Cwir - What is the Temple of the Holy Spirit?

In the New Testament, the local church is referred to as God’s temple because it is the place where His presence dwells by His Spirit. The implications of this central matter are considerable for us. We are called to build the habitation of the Lord, the dwelling place of God, the place where He wants to dwell. Check out this week’s sermon to learn more about the importance of the local church as God's temple, the implications for us in terms of how we are to understand the local church, and our mandate to be a people of His presence.

David Cwir - The Fulfilled Realities of the Promised Holy Spirit

The Spirit is the fulfillment of the promise that God Himself would once again be present with His people. The implications are considerable in terms of what it means for us individually and corporately to be the people of God. The whole existence of the church is to be a colony of heaven living out the lifestyle and the values of eternity in the present age by the Spirit. This is where the Spirit becomes key to the Christian walk, because without the Spirit we cannot live this eternal existence in the present age. Check out this message if you would like to learn more about how the coming of the Spirit into the life of the believer and the community fulfilled three critical dimensions of the promised New Covenant and how that changes our present existence

David Cwir - The Spirit as Evidence of the Presence of the Future

The resurrection of Christ and the gift of the Spirit marked the beginning of the of the End—the turning of the ages—and God has set the future in motion, so that we are already citizens of our new homeland (Phil. 3:20)! By the Spirit’s presence, believers taste of the life to come and became oriented toward its consummation. The Spirit is the down payment of the future inheritance (2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5; Eph. 1:14), He is the seal of that Day of the Lord that is to come (2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13; 4:30), He is the first fruits of the final realization, the now and the not yet (Romans 8:23). Check out this week’s message if you would like to hear more about how the Spirit is the present evidence of future realities and the assurance of the final glory.

Trisha Cwir - It's Not God's Fault

"Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also" (John 15:20). Jesus always and forever serves as our ultimate example and we are to imitate and follow Him for eternity. When He was on earth He was persecuted and falsely accused, and even now, He is falsely accused for all of the horrible things on this earth. God so easily gets blamed for all the evil, yet He remains silent before His accusers just as Jesus did while on earth. In this week's message, Trisha poses the question: "In the midst of pain and suffering will you accuse God of wrongdoing? Will we be like those who put Jesus on the cross, or will we be like the Holy Spirit testifying about the goodness of God in the midst of a world that has pain and suffering?" Check out this week's message if you would like to learn more about arming yourselves with the same attitude that Christ had when He suffered while on earth.

David Cwir - The Spirit and the New Covenant

Christian Theology in general has neglected the central and crucial role that the Spirit played in the life and theology of the early church. From their Jewish heritage, they understood that the Spirit was part of the promise for the future (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Joel 2:28-30) and the gift of the Spirit is the crowning evidence that God’s end-time promises are being fulfilled (Acts 2:15-18; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 3:14). The gift of the outpoured Spirit meant that the Messianic Age (“The Kingdom of God”) had already arrived, that God had ushered in the new covenant, and that He had renewed the lost presence of God to His people. Check out this week’s message if you would like to hear more about why the Spirit is so crucial the early church's understanding of Christian existence.

David Cwir - Spirit Ministry: Power or Still Small Voice?

For the early church, the Spirit meant God’s own personal presence, and because God is all powerful, they always thought of the Spirit as the presence of God's power. Yet for some reason, later Christians developed a quiescent view of the Spirit that is more like a “still small voice,” which is not at all the New Testament experience. The early church wouldn't have understood our later ideas of a quiescent Spirit: They knew that when God was present, there was power present. The difference between them and us lies in many ways in this latter reality. Check out this week’s sermon if you would like to learn more about the central and crucial role that the Spirit played in the life and theology of the early church:

David Cwir - He Is Not An "It": Understanding The Person and Power of the Holy Spirit

Within Christian theology, the role of the Spirit has often been given short shrift and been left on the periphery. As a result, many people have difficulty seeing or relating to Holy Spirit as a Person, which is often reflected in erroneous beliefs that He is some kind of “impersonal force” or “influence” or “it.” In the final analysis we live out what we most truly believe, and relating to Holy Spirit as a Person becomes crucial in our own relationship with God. In fact, your entire walk with God will be transformed if you begin to relate to Holy Spirit as a Person as He empowers us to live the entire Christian life! Check out this week’s sermon if you would like to learn more about Holy Spirit as well as a major key to living a Spirit empowered life:

David Cwir - What is Spirituality?

The word spirituality has been shipwrecked! If you asked 10 people what spirituality means, you would likely get 10 different answers. Because the term can mean anything these days, it has totally lost its meaning. However, originally the term spirituality was all about God’s Spirit (according to Paul the Apostle who coined the original Greek word in the Bible). Yet in our common speech, we no longer see the Spirit in Spirituality, because the word has become mostly about us as individuals. This even shows in the way many English Bibles have translated the word Spiritual with a small “s” in texts where the Holy Spirit is clearly in view. If you would like to learn more about the Biblical meaning of Spirituality according to how the Biblical writers originally intended it, check out this week’s message at the following link: