THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Part 1

THE HOLY SPIRIT Part 1

(Acts 19:1-2) While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

A Breath of Fresh Air

Ruwach – a wind, breath, a violent exhalation, blast of breath.

(Genesis 1:2) Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Pneuma – a current of air, blast of breath, a strong breeze.

(John 6:63) The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

• Wind is unseen.

(John 14:16-17) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

• Wind is unpredictable.

(John 3:8) Jesus answered…“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

• Wind is powerful.

(Acts 1:8) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.”

(Charles Finney on receiving the Holy Spirit)

• Wind is refreshing.

(1 Corinthians 2:9-10) "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.

Take a Deep Breath

(Ephesians 4:30 Message) Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.

  1. Let go of fears and misperceptions.

(Proverbs 3:5 MSG) Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own.

  1. Go all in.

(Jeremiah 29:13) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

  1. Develop an intimate friendship with the Holy Spirit.

(2 Corinthians 13:14 Message) The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.

God the Father loves me.

God the Son saves me.

God the Holy Spirit is with me.

Part 2

THE HOLY SPIRIT Part 2

(Acts 19:1-2) While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

The Jewish Holidays Fulfilled

(Matthew 5:17) Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

• Passover: Salvation.

(1 Corinthians 5:7) For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

(Ephesians 2:8-9) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

• Pentecost: Power to make a difference.

(Acts 1:3-5) After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

(Acts 1:8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

• Tabernacles: The 2nd Coming of Christ.

(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

The Meaning of Pentecost

(Acts 2:12) Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"

  1. The Holy Spirit empowers me to live righteously.

(Romans 8:9) You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.

(Isaiah 30:21) Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

  1. The Holy Spirit empowers me to live supernaturally.

(Acts 10:38 NLT) And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

(1 Corinthians 2:4-5) My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

  1. The Holy Spirit empowers me to live on mission.

(1 Thessalonians 1:5) Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit doesn’t make me better than you, it makes me better than me.

Part 3

THE HOLY SPIRIT Part 3

(Acts 19:1-2) While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

God’s Gifts

• Eternal life.

(Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Ephesians 2:8) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

• The Holy Spirit.

(Acts 1:4-5) “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

• Spiritual gifts.

(1 Corinthians 12:1) Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.

(1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT) A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

A spiritual gift is a special supernatural ability that God gives to each of His children, so that together we can advance His purposes in this world.

Understanding Spiritual Gifts

  1. Discover the gifts God has for me.

(Romans 12:6) We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.

(Psalm 139:13-16) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well…All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

  1. Develop the gifts God has given me.

(1 Corinthians 14:1) Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.

(2 Timothy 1:6) For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you.

  1. Use the gifts God has given me.

(1 Peter 4:10 NLT) God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you.

Life Church exists to take me on a spiritual journey to…

Know God

Find Freedom

Discover Purpose

Make a Difference

Until I’m able to say…

I was made for this.

Part 4

THE HOLY SPIRIT Part 4

(Acts 19:1-2) While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

 

Three Baptisms

• Baptized into the Body of Christ.

(1 Corinthians 12:13) For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body…

(Galatians 3:26-27) You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

 

• Water baptism.

(Acts 2:41) Those who accepted his message were baptized…

(Matthew 10:32-33) Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

 

• Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

(Acts 8:14-17) When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

(1 John 5:7-8) For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

 

 

 

Be Filled with the Spirit

(Ephesians 5:18) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

 

  1. Remove all barriers.

(Acts 2:38-39) Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

 

  1. Request the gift of the Holy Spirit.

(Luke 11:13) If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

 

  1. Receive Him by faith.

(Ezekiel 47:3-5) As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in--a river that no one could cross.

(Hebrews 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

 

  1. Relate to Him daily.

(2 Corinthians 13:14 Message) The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.

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