David Cwir - Fellowship with Holy Spirit: Lessons from the Life of David

[The Spirit Series] A major key to life in the Spirit and hearing God’s voice is through Fellowship with Holy Spirit. In the week’s message, David Cwir teaches about some keys to developing fellowship with the Holy Spirit gleaning from the life of King David. From the time he received the Spirit until his death, David highly valued his relationship with the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit helped him stay in God’s will and do all that he wanted him to do. This made God consider him a man after His own heart! Check out this week’s message if you would like to learn more about how to develop an intimate friendship with the Holy Spirit gleaning from David’s life and songs:

David Cwir - Prayer as a Key to Intimacy with Holy Spirit (Lessons from Paul's Life in the Spirit)

[The Spirit Series] One major key to being led by the Spirit and hearing His voice is through fellowship and intimacy with the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts gives us a glimpse into how much communication happened between the Holy Spirit and the early believers and shows how the early church expected the Spirit to be intimately involved in their lives. The cool news is that the Spirit desires to walk in equally close fellowship with us today! This week David examines a key from Paul’s life in the Spirit that can help us to develop the kind of intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit that the early believers had. You can download the audio message at the following link:

David Cwir - How to Know God's Will

[The Spirit Series] As soon as Jesus was anointed by the Spirit, He immediately began being led by the Spirit (Luke 4:1-2). This is exactly what we are supposed to do as Christians: “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8:14). In this week’s message, David gives a scriptural foundation on hearing God’s voice, knowing God’s will, and being led by the Spirit. If you would like to learn more, you can download David's message at the following link:

David Cwir - Life In The Spirit: Jesus Is Our Example

From His conception to His resurrection, everything about Jesus Christ’s life and ministry was a result of the Spirit’s work: He was conceived by the Spirit (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35); He was led by the Spirit (Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:1); He was empowered to do ministry by the Spirit (Luke 4:14-20); He spoke the Word of God by the Spirit (John 3:34; John 6:63); He was raised from the dead by the Spirit (Romans 8:11). Check out this week’ message to learn more about how Jesus was the ultimate man of the Spirit, how He is our example of what it looks like to live life in the Spirit, and how we are called to follow His example of a Spirit-empowered life.

David & Trisha Cwir - Our Journey In The Spirit: How The Lord Led Us In Encounters, Marriage, & To Ministry In Ottawa

In this week’s message, David & Trisha talk about their story of life in the Spirit and share their journey about the call to ministry. It includes the story of how they met at the Lakeland revival, and reunited three years later at Bethel Church in Redding, California, where they were eventually married. Check out this message if you want to hear the story about how The Lord led them together in marriage, how He fulfilled specific promises about where they would live and what they would do, and how He ultimately led them where they are now as the Pastors of Catch The Fire Ottawa. Through their story they share why they have a passion for living Spirit-led lives, the fruit it produced in their own life, and why they love to see people transformed by His glorious presence.

David Cwir - The Experience of the Spirit and Belief in the Truth

The scriptures speak of salvation in terms of God the Father as initiating it, Christ as effecting it historically through His death and resurrection, and the Spirit as the one who effects it experientially in the individual life and in the church. Although important, Salvation in Christ is not simply a theological truth, based on God’s prior action and the historical work of Christ. Salvation is an experienced reality, made so by the Spirit coming into our lives. For the early church the experience of the Spirit is a crucial part of conversion; but so was trusting the truth of what Christ has done for us. Check out this week’s audio message to learn about how crucial both the objective historical reality of what Christ accomplished and the subjective, personally experienced dimension of salvation are for understanding what happens at conversion.

Trisha Cwir - Matter Matters: The Natural World is Part of Your Spiritual Life

There are two ditches on either side of the path of life: Legalism on the one side and lawlessness on the other. This week Trisha teaches about how to stay on the path of life by avoiding gnostic ideas that “spirit is good and body is bad,” which can lead people to fall into both ditches. Check out this message if you would like to learn more about true “Spirit-uality” that obliterates false dualistic notions that make people feel like they can become more “spiritual” through their own attainment, rather the through the Holy Spirit.

David Cwir - The Spirit of Revelation and Faith

[The Spirit Series] Conversion is the work of the Spirit, beginning with the proclamation and revelation of the gospel. Faith occurs at the point between hearing the gospel and our calling in God and is in some mysterious way the working of the Holy Spirit as both cause and effect. In other words, the Spirit is the one who initiates our faith and is also received by that same faith. So, faith itself, which comes by the Spirit, leads us to receive and experience the Spirit who also comes through that same faith! The Spirit is also the One who reveals the mystery of the gospel to us so that we can have faith and receive salvation (1 Cor. 2:6-16). Check out this week’s audio message if you would like to hear more about the Spirit's role in revelation, faith, and identifying the people of God.

David Cwir - The Spirit & Conversion: “Did You Receive the Spirit?”

[The Spirit Series] The Spirit is the absolute key to understanding Christian conversion in the early church and was primarily understood as the work of the Spirit. So much so, that when inquiring about people’s conversion, no one in the Bible ever asks “Are you saved?” rather they asked “Did you receive the Spirit?” (e.g., Gal. 3:2; Acts 19:2). Why? Because the evidence that they were “saved” in the early church was whether or not they had the Spirit (Rom. 8:9; John 3:5). Check out this week’s audio message if you would like to learn more about how the Spirit plays a central role every step in the process of conversion.

David Cwir - Understanding Salvation: The Threefold Activity of the Triune God

[The Spirit Series] How is salvation brought about in our lives? According to scripture, God is the initiator, Christ is the one who has effected it historically, and the Spirit is the one who brings it experientially to bear in our lives. In other words, Salvation in Christ is not simply a theological truth, based on God’s prior action and the historical work of Christ. Salvation is an experienced reality, made so by the person of the Spirit coming into our lives. In fact, scripture says that you have not experienced the work of Christ if you have not received the Spirit (e.g., Romans 8:9). One simply cannot be a Christian without the effective work of the Trinity. Check out this week’s audio message if you would like to hear more about the absolutely vital role the Spirit plays in our salvation in Christ

David Cwir - The End Time Realities of Salvation & The Metaphors that Express Them

What is salvation? The early church understood salvation in Christ as a thoroughly End Time reality. However, they also understood that believers live “between the times” with regard to the two resurrections, so salvation is to be understood as an “Already/Not Yet” reality. That’s why you see the language of salvation is sometimes a PAST EVENT: (“we have been saved;” Eph. 2:8), it is sometimes spoken of as a PRESENT PROCESS (“we are being saved;” 1 Cor. 1:18), and sometimes the CONCLUSION OF THE PROCESS that is yet to be completed (“we shall be saved;” Romans 5:9). Check out this week’s message if you would like to learn more about the multifaceted realities of salvation and the biblical metaphors that are used to express those realities:

David Cwir - What is the Temple of the Holy Spirit?

In the New Testament, the local church is referred to as God’s temple because it is the place where His presence dwells by His Spirit. The implications of this central matter are considerable for us. We are called to build the habitation of the Lord, the dwelling place of God, the place where He wants to dwell. Check out this week’s sermon to learn more about the importance of the local church as God's temple, the implications for us in terms of how we are to understand the local church, and our mandate to be a people of His presence.

David Cwir - The Fulfilled Realities of the Promised Holy Spirit

The Spirit is the fulfillment of the promise that God Himself would once again be present with His people. The implications are considerable in terms of what it means for us individually and corporately to be the people of God. The whole existence of the church is to be a colony of heaven living out the lifestyle and the values of eternity in the present age by the Spirit. This is where the Spirit becomes key to the Christian walk, because without the Spirit we cannot live this eternal existence in the present age. Check out this message if you would like to learn more about how the coming of the Spirit into the life of the believer and the community fulfilled three critical dimensions of the promised New Covenant and how that changes our present existence

David Cwir - The Spirit as Evidence of the Presence of the Future

The resurrection of Christ and the gift of the Spirit marked the beginning of the of the End—the turning of the ages—and God has set the future in motion, so that we are already citizens of our new homeland (Phil. 3:20)! By the Spirit’s presence, believers taste of the life to come and became oriented toward its consummation. The Spirit is the down payment of the future inheritance (2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5; Eph. 1:14), He is the seal of that Day of the Lord that is to come (2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13; 4:30), He is the first fruits of the final realization, the now and the not yet (Romans 8:23). Check out this week’s message if you would like to hear more about how the Spirit is the present evidence of future realities and the assurance of the final glory.

Trisha Cwir - It's Not God's Fault

"Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also" (John 15:20). Jesus always and forever serves as our ultimate example and we are to imitate and follow Him for eternity. When He was on earth He was persecuted and falsely accused, and even now, He is falsely accused for all of the horrible things on this earth. God so easily gets blamed for all the evil, yet He remains silent before His accusers just as Jesus did while on earth. In this week's message, Trisha poses the question: "In the midst of pain and suffering will you accuse God of wrongdoing? Will we be like those who put Jesus on the cross, or will we be like the Holy Spirit testifying about the goodness of God in the midst of a world that has pain and suffering?" Check out this week's message if you would like to learn more about arming yourselves with the same attitude that Christ had when He suffered while on earth.

David Cwir - The Spirit and the New Covenant

Christian Theology in general has neglected the central and crucial role that the Spirit played in the life and theology of the early church. From their Jewish heritage, they understood that the Spirit was part of the promise for the future (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Joel 2:28-30) and the gift of the Spirit is the crowning evidence that God’s end-time promises are being fulfilled (Acts 2:15-18; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 3:14). The gift of the outpoured Spirit meant that the Messianic Age (“The Kingdom of God”) had already arrived, that God had ushered in the new covenant, and that He had renewed the lost presence of God to His people. Check out this week’s message if you would like to hear more about why the Spirit is so crucial the early church's understanding of Christian existence.