Tom Scott - 12/07/2015
Date: July 13, 2015
Monday morning has come once again which gives us cause to reflect upon the worship service yesterday. We rejoice with the decision Suzanne Alfrey made to be baptized at the end of the service. Let’s welcome Suzanne into the church family and keep her in prayer as she begins a new life in Christ.
The message yesterday was on the Holy Spirit. I wonder how much time we have spent looking at this third piece of the Trinity. Often the Holy Spirit is overlooked because of what people might think of us. Too often people think you are radical or a fanatical if you start talking about the Holy Spirit. Here are three questions to help us reflect upon the message.
1. The Holy Spirit is a part of the Trinity that does not get as much attention within the Christian church as it does in other denominations. Far too often people lock horns with family and friends when it comes to this topic. Have you ever gotten into a debate with someone over the Holy Spirit and how did things turn out?
2. Jesus will talk to his disciples about his coming departure in John Chapter 16. He promises that when he leaves; He will send the Comforter to help them as they go out into the world. What images come to mind when you think about this promise from Jesus in regards to the nature of the Spirit?
3. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God that is given when we are baptized. This was the promise that Peter proclaimed in Acts 2:38. With this Spirit from God comes the gifts of the Spirit which are mentioned in several different locations in the New Testament. Why is it important that we keep in mind that the Spirit is a gift of God and not something we earn or deserve?
4. When it comes to the work of the Holy Spirit; there are lots of passages that talk about what the Spirit of God does. I shared four with you in the message. The first two responsibilities are to convict the world of guilt (John 16:5-11) and tell us what is to come (2 Peter 1:21). Do you think it is possible for us to grasp how big of a responsibility it is for the Spirit to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment?
5. The third responsibility of the Spirit is to teach us all things which Jesus shared with us during his lifetime and to produce spiritual fruit within our lives. Paul mentions this fruit in Galatians chapter five. He compares a life in the Spirit verses to a life lived in the flesh. What type of fruit are you producing right now and are there any changes which need to be made in your life so that you become more fruitful for the Lord?
The Holy Spirit is an awesome gift from the Lord and it is a shame that we do not experience more of its power in our lives. Let me encourage you to pray to God and ask Him to fill you up to overflowing with the gift of the Holy Spirit. With this gift we can truly impact lives for God. I look forward to seeing you here this Sunday as we continue with our series on the basic doctrines of the Christian church. This week we are going to look at the Bible. You will want to be here this Sunday especially in light of what we see going on in our world today. Have a great week in the Lord!
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
John 16:5-11 July 12,2015
Introduction: The Christian Church does not spend much time talking about the Holy Spirit. In this message we will look at what the scriptures have to say about the Holy Spirit and how it can impact our daily lives. One of the promises Jesus made to his disciples before his death on the cross was that he would send them the Holy Spirit. Today that promise has been extended to us.
I. The nature of the Holy Spirit.
A. We can talk about ____________. Ephesians 1:13-14
B. We can talk about ________________. Genesis 1:1-2
II. The gift of the Holy Spirit.
A. Jesus will send this gift. Romans 8:15
B. The Spirit will give these gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:7
III. The work of the Holy Spirit.
A. He will _____________ the world of guilt. Acts 2:37
B. He will _________ you what is to come. 2 Peter 1:21
C. He will _______________ you all things. John 14:26
D. He will produce _____ in our lives. Galatians 5:22-23
Conclusion: The Holy Spirit is our seal from God that we are one of his children. With this gift of the Holy Spirit; we can overcome the challenges of life and share the gospel message with others. If you do not feel like the Holy Spirit is living within you today; let me encourage you to spend some time in prayer this week asking God to fill you with His presence.
Key Thought: We believe that the Holy Spirit is God’s presence in our lives today
Key Words: personality, presence, convict, tell, teach, fruit