Illumination by the Holy Spirit

Pastor Jerry Mitchell has been faithfully preaching God’s Word at Crossroads Bible Church for the past 30 years. As he preaches each week, he calls the congregation to hear what the Lord is saying to them through the Scriptures.

I really appreciate the way he emphasizes the Holy Spirit’s ministry of Illumination. Here’s how he explains it…

Recently, I was asked after a worship service what I meant when I said, “I hope you have heard from the Lord in the sermon today.” I realized it had been quite a while since I have said anything on this subject, so I thought a few words on the Doctrine of Illumination by the Holy Spirit was in order.

The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years, by 40 different human authors, giving us 66 books which are inspired by God. It was given by God to mankind as a source of information which is dependable on all subjects temporal and eternal. The Scriptures claim for themselves that they are inspired by God and without error (II Timothy 3:16).

In order to understand the spiritual truth contained in scripture, the reader must have the Holy Spirit inside his soul. He is the third member of the triune Godhead and He reveals truth to each individual member of the body of Christ as He sees fit. (John 16:13-15). Continue reading…

Each time you come to read God’s Word or to SOAP Journal, ask the Lord to cleanse your heart from sin so that the Holy Spirit can do His work of illumination.

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“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”2 Peter 3:18


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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