John 7:37-39 (NIV) On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
Ephesians 5:18 (NLT) Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 6:10 (CSB) Be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength.
James 4:5 (ICB) Do you think the Scripture means nothing? It says, “The Spirit that God made to live in us wants us for himself alone.”
Ephesians 4:30 (NJB) Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God who has marked you with his seal, ready for the day when we shall be set free.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 (AMP) Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 3:3 (NCV) You began your life in Christ by the Spirit. Now are you trying to make it complete by your own power? That is foolish.
Galatians 5:25 (NLT) Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
1 John 1:8-9 (CSB) If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Galatians 5:22-23 (CSB) The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Matthew 22:37-39 (CSB) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
When have you faced a challenging circumstance in which you felt you were “running on empty?” What circumstance or situation frequently leaves you feeling that way?
Review the “Transformation Equation.” Do you understand its various components, or are there any parts you don’t seem to get? What difference can knowing these truths and putting them together make for a Christ follower who’s never heard them before?
Read aloud all of the scriptures included in this outline. What connections do you see between some of them that you’ve never noticed before? Is there a particular scripture passage that speaks to you impactfully? Is there a scripture that you’d like to understand better? What scripture from this message would you choose to be the “sound bite” that captures the heart of its appeal?
Since it’s possible to “Grieve” and “Quench” the Spirit, then it’s possible to please him and free him to flow in our lives as well. What would this look like in a believer’s life? Where are you seeing the most tangible evidence of the Holy Spirit working in your life?
Was there a special “aha!” moment for you in this message or series that will be a take-away? How can your group pray for you or help you with this?
Elementary parents – Today we wrapped up our series on self-control by talking about what is perhaps the most difficult thing to keep under control- our mouths. Ask kids who used their mouth badly in our Bible story. (Gehazi) What did he do? (He lied) Our words can be tools to build others up, or they can be weapons that tear them down. We want kids to put our bottom line into practice: Take a step back; choose your words wisely.
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.