SWP 9 – EXPERIENCE / EXPERIENCES

1 Peter 1:3-15
2 Cor. 3:18

* Prince Charles – “He was particularly taken by the assertion that religious experience should be seen as an individual sensation, free from creed and dogma but compatible with all faiths”

* Jonathan Edwards – The Experience That Counts

EXPERIENCE NEEDS TO BE RELATED

MEANING – event and explanation = revelation
* Edwards – “not heat without light”

EVENT AND EXPLANATION

Noah – Gen 6 + 7

Abraham – Gen. 12:1 – “I will show you”

Isaac – Gen. 22 – sacrifice

Moses – Ex. 3 – burning bush

Gideon – Judges 6 – angel

Samuel – 1 Sam. 3 – voice

Isaiah – Is. 6 – glory

Ezekiel – Ez. 1 + 2 – vision

Daniel – Dan. 9 – dreams – 70 years

John the Baptist – ascetic – prophetic (prophetic – ascetic)

Pentecost – Acts 2:16 – “this is that”

RELATIONSHIP – Spirit / Jesus
– 1 Peter 1:8

JESUS:

1. His Life and Work – John 16:8
2. His Presence Now – John 16:14
3. His Appearing – John 16:13

ASSURANCE

– hope / expectation of salvation
(does not lead to shiftiness but solidity)

MOTIVATION

– discipline of life
1 Peter 1:13-15
– preparation for service
– not just an experiential basis for living

LONGING

– not dissatisfaction but desire for more
(Perseverance)
Phil. 3:13-15 – “press towards the goal”

*Edwards – “Spiritual enjoyment lives up to our expectations. Great desire produces great anticipation.”