5 Avenues of the Holy Spirit Leading Us to Truth

  1. The Scriptures
    Does the Bible speak to the matter? If it does, the matter can be settled, being reinforced by the following.
  2. Rationality
    Does rationality tell you something about the subject? (ie the Bible may not say anything about jumping off a bridge to see if you can fly, but this does not make rational sense.)
  3. Tradition and Community
    What do other Christians, both alive and dead, say about the subject?
  4. Personal Experience
    Are there events, directions, or experiences that speak to the matter? (ie Paul was prevented from going to Rome by the experiential guidence of the Spirit Rom 1).
  5. Subjective Emotions
    Unfortunately, this is the default and, often, only place people go. However, the guidence of the Spirit does come theough subjectively felt emotions as well. Do you feel at peace about this particular activityor this or that y

All of these don’t need to be present for the Spirit lead and at different times in our lives, we are more sensitive to some and not others. This is okay and part of the learning experience. However, the more that are present, the more conviction you can have that it is God leading you to this or that truth.


C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.