The Holy Spirit vs Events

What is the Christian experience?

This is a question I’m raising because of how event-oriented church can be. Every Sunday we go to a location, we sit or stand in a chair, we listen to someone talk, we sing songs, etc. In addition, we go to regular conferences and events which, over time, have their monotony to it.

With that being said, I’m curious as to whether we are more adept at interacting at events versus interacting with the Holy Spirit as part of our everyday Christian experience.

Granted, these things aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. But imagine for a second a typical believer. Which one of these activities are they more adept at–going to a service or listening in the morning for God’s voice and acting on it?

Which can they talk about the nuances of? Which do they have more stories about? Which can they teach others to do more easily? Which do they talk about as a starting point for explaining to non Christians what the Christian experience is?

The answer to those questions reveals whether we are more acquainted with interacting with God’s Spirit or simply going to Christian events.

And which, really, more aptly defines what a Christian is?

One of the main things that one can read from the book of Acts was how their version of Christianity was not events-oriented but Spirit-oriented.


While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.

Events vs the Holy Spirit…

Which are we better at? Which orientation defines more of our Christian experience?

And then we will see that this dichotomy is not false and that perhaps we are amiss in our events-driven Christianity.

Phil Chan
Phil Chan
Phil has been writing for over 15 years. His passion is to help people see God and to live a life that matters.

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