I love the resources available on The Bible Project.
Their video on Who Is The Holy Spirit? is quite helpful. I hope it helps and encourages you as we’re in this current series on Him.
Packer is speaking of the year 1908 when some missionaries in Manchuria wrote home as follows:
“A power has come into the church that we cannot control if we would. It is a miracle for solid, self-righteous John Chinaman to go out of his way to confess to sins that no torture of the Yamen could force from him; for a Chinaman to demean himself to weep and ask for the prayers of his fellow-believers is beyond all human explanation.
Perhaps you will say it’s a sort of religious hysteria.
So did some of us… But here we are, about sixty Scottish and Irish Presbyterians who have seen it — all shades of temperament — and, much as many of us shrank from it at first, every one who has seen and heard what we have, every day last week, is certain there is only one explanation…that it is God’s Holy Spirit manifesting Himself… One clause of the Creed that lives before us now in all its inevitable, awful solemnity is, ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit.'”
Last Sunday, in Galatians 5, we were called to walk, be led by, live, and march by the Spirit. Will you do this today?
Tonight at Crestview Kids, we are studying the Holy Spirit. Our verse for the month has been 2 Corinthians 13:14, which highlights the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We’ve also sang the Sovereign Grace Music song, “Three In One” this month.
Why study the Holy Spirit? On the one hand, Jesus’ credibility stands on the Holy Spirit being sent. After all, Jesus was the One who promised that He would send Him (in John 14). In a much deeper way, though, the Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who teaches us that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If we want children who love the Gospel, then, they must love and understand the Holy Spirit, who makes it possible.