Pastor Steve Williams : Getting to Know the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit (2018) · 41:35 · Recorded October 7, 2018

Getting to Know the Holy Spirit

John 14:16-18, 25-26 (CSB) “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you…I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.”

Being clear about his identity

He’s someone, not something.

He’s fully God like Jesus!

See “The Christian Doctrine of the Trinity” sheet

He’s Jesus’ living presence in us.

Old Testament to New Covenant changes

Then he was only upon God’s elite leaders.

Joel 2:28-29 (CSB) “I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions. I will even pour out my Spirit on the male and female slaves in those days.”

Now he’s within all Christ’s followers.

Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-4 (CSB) While he was with them, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. “Which,” he said, “you have heard me speak about; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days.”… When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.

Acts 2:32-33, 38-39 (CSB) “God has raised this Jesus; we are all witnesses of this. Therefore, since he has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, he has poured out what you both see and hear…Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgive-ness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Making it personal

1. He gives me an eternal rebirth of salvation.

Titus 3:4-6 (NIV) When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.

2. He’s secured me forever in Jesus.

Ephesians 1:13-14 (TEV) You also became God’s people when you heard the true message, the Good News that brought you salvation. You believed in Christ, and God put his stamp of ownership on you by giving you the Holy Spirit he had promised. The Spirit is the guarantee that we shall receive what God has promised his people, and this assures us that God will give complete freedom to those who are his.

3. He brings me inward assurance with God.

Romans 8:15-16 (NLT) You received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

4. He promotes intimate fellowship with God.

1 Corinthians 2:11-12 (NLT) No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit…so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

5. He’s empowering my journey with Jesus.

Ephesians 6:10 (TEV) Build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power.

6. He’s restoring the image of God in me.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NRSV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

  • What’s your initial emotional reaction to the phrase, “The Holy Spirit” or “The Holy Ghost”? Why? What would you prefer your consistent, initial reaction to be?

  • Read the encounter Paul had in Acts 19:1-3. When would you say that you first learned “there was a Holy Spirit”?

  • What truth(s) about the Holy Spirit did this message help you to understand better? What questions were raised in your heart and mind? What scriptures spoke to you especially meaningfully?

  • What specific praise toward God the Holy Spirit does this week’s message prompt? What yearnings or inner desires or prayers does it elicit from you?

  • What action step do you feel you’re needing to take to know the Holy Spirit better? What will need to be overcome to do it? How can your group pray for you or hold you accountable about this?

  • Elementary Parents, today we began a new series looking at what God has to say about self-control. Throughout October we will define self-control as taking a step back to choose how to act. That’s right, self-control is a choice. Ask kids who chose to use self-control in our Bible story today. (David) There were plenty of people telling David the time was right for him to get revenge on a vengeful king. Ask kids if David chose to take his revenge or if he chose to step back and make a better choice. (He made the better choice and did not kill King Saul.)

  • Found In You

  • What A Beautiful Name

  • This I Believe

  • Thank You Jesus

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