The Ghost Came By

The Ghost Came By

Several years ago, theologian R.C. Sproul was invited to preach in a black church pastored by one of his graduate students. The following day, the class asked the student (a bishop in his denomination) how the sermon by Dr. Sproul had gone. The bishop said, “Well, the prof got to preaching, and the people got to praying and the Ghost came by.” (The Holy Ghost for all you post-King James folks.)

I can remember at one of our small group meetings, a few years back, when we had an unusual moving by the Holy Spirit. It’s hard to describe the evening, but it was a powerful combination of singing, prayer, studying the questions about the sermon, and some unusual vulnerability on the part of several in our group. The evening consisted of tears, music, laughter, prayer, food, vulnerability, tenderness and sharing. By the end of the evening, we all knew that something unusual had taken place—we all knew that the Ghost came by! Such evenings cannot be orchestrated or even predicted. Like revivals and the salvation of dead sinners, such stirrings are the sovereign movings of a Sovereign God who chooses where and when to manifest His glory among His people. Becky and I continued to talk about it for several days afterwards. We are humbled and sobered that God chose to visit us that evening in such an unusual way.

by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor