Pastor Steve Williams : Appreciating the Spirit’s Ministry

The Holy Spirit (2018) · 43:01 · Recorded October 14, 2018

Appreciating the Spirit’s Ministry

John 15:26-27; 16:7-15 (CSB) “When the Counselor comes, the one I will send to you from the Father —the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father —he will testify about me. You also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning…It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment…I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything the Father has is mine. This is why I told you that he takes from what is mine and will declare it to you.”

What he does for believers

Regenerates us with Christ’s life.

Titus 3:5 (NIV) He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously…

Indwells us as Christ’s own.

Romans 8:9 (TEV) Do not live as your human nature tells you to…live as the Spirit tells you to – if, in fact, God’s Spirit lives in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

Baptizes us into oneness with Jesus.

1 Corinthians 12:13 (NLT) Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

Sanctifies us for true godliness.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 (CSB) …Brothers and sisters loved by the Lord… God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NIV) May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

His “sanctifying” work in real time

1. He guides me in things I must know.

2. He’s my partner in praying as I should.

Romans 8:26-27 (TLB) The Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows, of course, what the Spirit is saying as he pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will.

Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

Jude 1:20-21 (NAS) But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

3. He enables me to win in my struggle for righteousness.

Romans 8:2 (BBE) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

4. He imparts special abilities for God’s service.

1 Corinthians 12:4, 7, 11 (CEV) There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit…The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others…it is the Spirit who does all this and decides which gifts to give to each of us.

5. He empowers me for my part in God’s global mission.

Acts 1:8 (ESV) “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

6. He’s all about Jesus in me and through me.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) And the Lord —who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 (NIV) Thanks be to God, who always leads us… and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

  • When Jesus told his disciples “It’s for your benefit that I go away so the Holy Spirit can come to you,” what would your feelings be if you were among them? What has been most helpful to you in developing a warm receptivity to the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life?

  • What “benefit” do you think being with Jesus as one of his 12 would be over having his indwelling Spirit as we do now? Make a list of the benefits of having the Holy Spirit from Jesus’ point of view rather than his physical presence.

  • ReviewJohn 15:26-27 and 16:7-15. Review the major ways in which the Holy Spirit ministers in our world and in the lives of believers. What practical difference do you think each of these makes – how would things be different if he didn’t minister as he does?

  • Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. How is it really obvious to you that the Holy Spirit has made you more Christlike than when you first started following Jesus?

  • Read the verses again from sermon point #2. When do you find yourself “groaning” over life in this world? How are you learning to “pray in the Spirit” – what does this look like or need to look like more in your life? Why do you think this is so important to God?

  • Which of the “sanctifying work” ideas mentioned do you find especially encouraging or hopeful for your life? Which seems to intimidate or put you off? Why? Read Paul’s words in Philippians 1:19. How can your group pray for you or assist the Holy Spirit in helping you right now?

  • Parents of Elementary aged children, today kids learned that we should take a step back; don’t blow your stack. Ask your children who blew his stack in our Bible story today. (Moses) What did he do? (He struck a rock rather than speak to it as God instructed.) The consequences for Moses’ disobedience were very costly. Talk with kids about some of the consequences they face when they blow their stack. Check out the memory verse on your child’s handout. God doesn’t give us these type of instructions in order to control us. He gives us these instructions to help us flourish and live our best lives for him.

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