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Katherine Johnson - February 9, 2020

Ministry of The Holy Spirit

GCC Mission 2020

GCC is a charismatic church. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit were poured out on the day of Pentecost for the establishment of the church and that they continue to be available for us today as a necessary means to advance God’s kingdom. Charismata is the plural form of the Greek word charis, meaning God’s unmerited favor and grace. Charismata is most often translated as “spiritual gifts.” Therefore the grace of God is made known through the spiritual gifts God has poured out on his people.

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In a culture where we can (more than) easily buy in bulk, super-size our food orders, get a cup of caffeine every few blocks at a coffee shop, upgrade our technological devices to the "bigger & better" versions, add 50 more channels to the 180 that we already get with cable TV or binge watch 45 episodes of a series on Netflix, we are full. We like having enough; we like having plenty. We like being full. Fasting - "giving up food (or something else) for a period of time in order to focus your thoughts on God". Reading that can cause a variety of thoughts: 1) "Huh? Why would I do that?"; 2) "Will God love me more if I fast?"; 3) "Is that what I need to do in order to get my prayers answered?"; 4) "Ugh - that means going hungry and being miserable. No. Thank. You." Being full vs. being hungry? Pretty sure we'd all chose the former. Being full of God and more hungry for Him? Is there even a better option?

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