In the Bible, the term “spirit” is a word-picture. Both in the Hebrew and the Greek, it means blowing wind or rushing wind. Which, if you’ll recall, is exactly how the Holy Spirit came into the church in Acts 2.

All the disciples were gathered together in one place when suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were meeting. And divided tongues of fire appeared and rested on each of the disciples and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:1-4)

Rushing wind suggests the idea of power-in-action. We could think about it like this: Back in the old days, before ships were powered by internal engines, sailors relied on the wind for power. It was the wind that filled their sails and took them wherever they needed to go. But if the wind wasn’t blowing, then they weren’t going anywhere.

Now this is very similar to the kind of relationship we are supposed to have with the Holy Spirit. If we want to move anywhere in the Christian life, if we want to grow in godliness or go in evangelistic power, we desperately need the empowering presence of the Spirit. He has to be alive inside of us and filling us just like the wind has to fill the sails of those ships. And this is why I want to preach on the Holy Spirit. Because I believe God wants to take us somewhere as a church. But to do so, we need more of Him.