08-03-14 HS Jesus the Holy Spirit and Me

We have dedicated the last five weeks to learning about The Holy Spirit and applying what we have learned. We wanted to know the works and ways of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to continue to work within us and through us. We discovered The Personality of The Holy Spirit and proved scripturally The Deity of The Holy Spirit. We learned a lot about His character as seen in The Names of The Holy Spirit and explored how the Holy Spirit works in our everyday lives. Lastly we discussed the Offences Against the Holy Spirit, so that we would not participate in them and hinder the Holy Spirit to work in us.

As we close this series, I want us to spend one more week considering how the Holy Spirit worked in the life of Christ Jesus. Jesus was, is, and will always be the perfect example for us to follow. In every aspect of the life and ministry of Christ Jesus He constantly depended on The Holy Spirit. This tells me that we better rely on the Holy Spirit as well.

Join us Sunday morning at 9 or 11 a.m. as we discuss “Jesus the Holy Spirit and Me.”

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The Holy Spirit “Offenses Against The Holy Spirit” Believers Statesboro 07-27-14

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Is the Holy Spirit a power which we get to hold and use at our discretion?

Or is the Holy Spirit a personal Being who holds and uses us?

We want to know of the blessings and relations that will come in our lives when don’t just know the Holy Spirit as merely a gracious influence…but as an ever-present, loving friend and helper.

The Holy Spirit as a person, part of the divine trinity, and we need to show reverence, respect, and honor him.

“If the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person and we know it not, we are robbing a Divine Being of the love and adoration which are His due.” R.A. Torrey

Not to understand The Holy Spirit and His work in our lives, not to worship Him and give Him adoration would be wrong and offensive to The Holy Spirit. But there are also others ways to offend Him that are mentioned in the scriptures.

Offenses Against The Holy Spirit

Offenses against the Holy Spirit should be something to take very seriously. We need to be aware of what these offenses are and be careful not to take part in them.

Sins and offenses against the Holy Spirit carry severe consequences, but we need to be careful not to sin against the Spirit, because we don’t want to do anything that will hinder our relationship with Him.

I don’t want to block the flow of God and the work of the Holy Spirit in my life and I know you don’t want to stop the work of the Holy Spirit in your life either.

We need that ever-present, loving friend and helper!

Offenses Committed by the Unbeliever

We will look at offences committed by the unbeliever and the believer. But they are not exclusive to each group. There can be and sadly there is over lap of the offenses in both groups.

Resisting the Holy Spirit

Acts 7:51 "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! (NIV)

The Holy Spirit is at work in the hearts and souls of men. But some chose to resist His attempts to win them over.

Acts 7:51 are words that Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit spoke to those who arrested him. Why was he arrested?

Acts 6:8-12 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among

the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—

Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with

Stephen, 10 but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke. 11 Then they secretly

persuaded some men to say, "We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against

God." 12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and

brought him before the Sanhedrin. (NIV)

Our story goes on to indicate that these people resisted the Holy Spirit so much that they became violent and irrational.

Acts 7:54-60 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.

55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the

right hand of God. 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep. (NIV)

Next Step: Today I will pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me times when I have or I am currently resisting His work in my life.

Insulting, or Doing Despite Unto the Holy Spirit

Hebrews 10:29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (NIV)

The Holy Spirit presents the atoning work of Christ to the sinner as the only means of salvation. When the sinner refuses to believe or accept the testimony of the Spirit, he insults the Spirit and deems the work of Christ as deception and a lie. As a result this sinner doesn’t receive God’s provision for sin.

Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

Matt 12:31-32 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. (NIV)

Mark 3:28-29 …he is guilty of an eternal sin. (NIV)

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace and covers grace. To reject the Holy Spirit is to shut off all hope for salvation. To resist the appeal of the Holy Spirit is to insult the Godhead. When you blaspheme the work of the Holy Spirit and reject saving grace, there is no other way to find forgiveness and the results of your decision will be of eternal consequence.

Offenses Committed by the Believer

Lying to the Spirit

Acts 5:3-4 Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?

4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your

disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God."

Acts 5:9 Peter said to her, "How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of

the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also." (NIV)

Notice how Peter used the title Holy Spirit and God interchangeably.

Vs. 3 – You have lied to the Holy Spirit.

Vs. 4 – You have not lied to men but to God."

Vs.9 – How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord?

When Ananias stood up publicly and said that he “gave all” of the income he had earned from a land sale, to the service of the Lord, he was lying. He wasn’t just deceiving Peter and the church; he was lying to the Holy Spirit and was lying to God!

What about us? Do we ever stand up in front of others and declare “I surrender all!” Yet in your heart you know that you do not?

Yet like Ananias we like to have others believe that we have surrendered all and are fully in!

We spiritually want to “keep up with the Jones” and never lack in spiritual things. Therefore we pretend. When we deceive each other spiritually, is this just lying to the men or are we lying to the Holy Spirit and God?

Next Step: If I have told others that I have fully surrendered all to Jesus, but have not, I will ask the Holy Spirit and God to forgive me for lying to them and man.

Grieving the Spirit

Eph 4:30-31 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. (NIV)

Isa 63:10 Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and

he himself fought against them. (NIV)

Gal 5:17-19 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is

contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you

want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 19 The acts of the sinful nature are

obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; (NIV)

The manifest presence of the Lord will bring repentance and

repentance will bring the manifest presence of the Lord.

On the flip side, sin or the lack of repentance will grieve or hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The more the Holy Spirit is kept a bay the more our sinful nature will try to regain control. The more we yield to our old dead sinful nature, the more the Holy Spirit is grieved, etc.

EX: River and trash vision

Quenching the Spirit

1Thes 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit. (NKJ)

1Thes 5:15-23

15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

16 Be joyful always;

17 pray continually;

18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire;

20 do not treat prophecies with contempt.

21 Test everything. Hold on to the good.

22 Avoid every kind of evil.

23 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 quenching of the Holy Spirit is used here in the context of putting out the Spirit’s fire. As we saw last week Fire is one of the works of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

· Fire Matt 3:11-12 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (NIV)

· The Holy Spirit burns out the impurities in our lives and refines us to be more like Christ Jesus.

To put out that Holy Spirit’s Fire would be to resist that refining work, to refuse to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. We will put out the fire if we continue to sin or willfully participate in what the Holy Spirit is trying to burn out of our lives.

· Not speaking of ministering to others in Jesus’ name is like a fire burning inside!

Jer 20:9 But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. (NIV)

To put out the Holy Spirit’s fire would be to continue to hold the word of the Lord inside until we

smother the fire and it doesn’t burn inside anymore.

· The Holy Spirit will burn zeal within your heart for the church. John 2:17 His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me." (NIV)

To put out the Holy Spirit’s fire would be laying out of church and forsaking the assembly of the saints, which we are commanded not to do. Not loving the church, speaking evil of the church, or just moving slightly in a different direction of the direction your church is going are all ways to quench the fire of the zeal for God’s house and church.

· Paul exhorted the church in Rome and us to…Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Rom 12:11 (NIV)

To quench the Holy Spirit’s fire in this area is to stop serving the Lord, stop obeying the Lord, and stop the communion with the Holy Spirit and to lose your love for the Lord.

In this text Paul gives us one practical example of quenching the Holy Spirit’s fire.

1Thes 5:19-20 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 20 do not treat prophecies with contempt.

The manifestation of the Holy Spirit in prophesying is not to be quenched, by having a bad attitude toward the gift or treating it with contempt.

Fellowship With The Holy Spirit

What is the opposite of offending The Holy Spirit? Fellowship with the Holy Spirit, which is what we have been blessing one another with for the last four weeks. 2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (NIV)

Communion and fellowship with the Holy Spirit include:

· Sensing His presence in our lives.

· Being together. Abiding together.

· Sharing together, talking things over.

· Friendship, a loyal friend that sticks closer than a brother.

· He will teach you, guide you, lead you, counsel you, and give you grace wisdom and knowledge.

Daily fellowship means that we will partner together with the Holy Spirit!

Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. (NIV)

The good news is if this is what you desire… to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit also desires to have fellowship with you! He will not resist your efforts. He will not run from you.

James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NIV)

Wash your hands, repent, purify you hearts and single mindedly draw near to God!

Next Step: I will repent of any sins and especially offenses to the Holy Spirit and I will intentionally draw near to him.

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

1. In the story of Stephen unbelievers resisted the Holy Spirit. Can we are believers also resist the Holy Spirit in our lives? How? Give examples of how we resist.

2. What would be an example of someone, unbeliever or believer insulting the Holy Spirit?

3. I’ve had believers tell me that they feel like maybe they have committed the unpardonably sin and blasphemed the Holy Spirit at some point in their lives. What is the tale tell sign that they have not?

4. Ananias and Sapphira lied to men and the Holy Spirit by claiming that they had surrendered all the sales of their land to the church. They wanted the recognition. Do we sometime lie about our spirituality? Why do you think we do? Is that just lying to each other or is it lying to God and the Holy Spirit also?

5. Probably the most common offense is when we grieve that Holy Spirit. Give examples of how we do that.

What about quenching the Holy Spirit?

6. What has been the results with you or others as you have been speaking the 2 Cor. 13:14 blessing over your family, Life App Group, and Church?

According to James 4:8 what is does God want to have fellowship with us? What do we need to do?

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The Holy Spirit is a person, part of the divine trinity, and we need to show reverence, respect, and honor him. Offenses against the Holy Spirit should be something we take very seriously and we need to be aware of what these offenses are and be careful not to take part in anything that would block the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Not to understand the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives, not to worship Him and give Him adoration would be wrong and offensive to The Holy Spirit, but there are also other ways to offend Him that are mentioned in the scriptures. Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we continue our church wide study on The Holy Spirit and learn about “Offenses Against The Holy Spirit.”

07-20-14 Work of Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit “The Work of The Holy Spirit” Believers Statesboro 07-20-14

We began this Summer Series on The Holy Spirit by asking these questions. Is the Holy Spirit a power which we get to hold and use at our discretion? Or is the Holy Spirit a personal Being who holds and uses us?

We wanted to know of the blessings and relations that will come in our lives when we don’t just know the Holy Spirit as merely a gracious influence…but as an ever-present, loving friend and helper.

The Holy Spirit is at work in our world today! He is a work in all humanity, and especially in the life of the Believer.

The Holy Spirit Convicts the World of Sin

John 16:8-11 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. (NIV)

Three Ways the Spirit bears witness to the world:

1. The sin of unbelief in Christ.

2. The fact that Christ Jesus was true righteousness.

3. The fact that the power of Satan has been broken.

The Holy Spirit of Truth Testifies About Jesus

John 15:26 "When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Works for Our Salvation

When a lost person responds to the conviction and wooing of the Holy Spirit, they confess their sins and ask Jesus to save them, and then they are born of the Spirit, and experience a Spiritual birth.

John 3:3-5 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God

unless he is born again." 4 "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!" 5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. (NIV)

Sonship and membership in the Kingdom of God comes through the Holy Spirit. Just as Christ Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit, we also are birthed into new life and born of the Spirit.

Titus 3:4-5 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 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, (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Indwells the Believer

1 Cor 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (NIV)

Rom 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. (NIV)

Through the work of the Spirit, Christ is in us, we are in Christ, Christ is in God, and this is sealed with the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit Seals Our Salvation

Eph 1:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession– to the praise of his glory. (NIV)

Not only are we sealed in Christ and nothing can break that seal, but we are marked with that seal, which indicates ownership. We belong to Jesus!

Also this seal of the promised Holy Spirit is like a guarantee of better things to come! Our inheritance in Christ Jesus! We are sealed securely in Christ Jesus until the ultimate day of redemption comes.

Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (NIV)

2 Tim 2:19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness." (NIV)

The Holy Spirit doesn’t just bring ownership by God, Paul says that it’s more like adoption as sons and daughters with full benefits and we are heirs of all to come!

Gal 4:6-7 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. (NIV)

Rom 8:14-15 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not

receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of son ship. And by

him we cry, "Abba, Father." (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Empowers Us to Witness

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." (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Fills Us

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

The filling is a bit different from the indwelling. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit at salvation and He indwells us. We are baptized with the Holy Spirit and empowered to witness. Now we are being continually filled with the Holy Spirit! We need to be filled to overflowing! So that we can be a blessing to others!

John 7:37-39 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. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39 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. (NIV)

Acts 6:3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them (NIV)

NEXT STEP: Every morning this week, before my feet hit the floor, I will ask the Lord to fill me with the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit Enables Us to Be Victorious Over Sin

We are now living by the Law of the Spirit (Rom 8:2) and we are controlled by the Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit we have constant victory over the flesh.

Rom 8:12-13 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation– but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, (NIV)

Gal 5:17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Produces the Fruit of the Spirit in Our Lives

Gal 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (NIV)

The Fruit is the characteristics and the very nature of the Holy Spirit and the very nature of God and Jesus. We cannot make ourselves have more fruit, but we can yield to the Holy Spirit and maintain the fullness of the Sprit and the fruit will be a natural byproduct.

NEXT STEP: This week I will conduct a fruit inventory in my life and see if I am truly walking full of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit Gives Gifts As He Wills

Just as God gives gifts to the church, and Jesus gives gifts to the church, so does the Holy Spirit.

The gifts of the Spirit are the power tools that the Holy Spirit has given to the church to efficiently build the Kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 12 lists these nine gifts that equip the church with supernatural power to fulfill the great commission. We may be able to build the kingdom of God without them, but the task will be hard and slow.

The same is true of spiritual gifts. Paul said, “Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.” (1 Corinthians12:1) Ignorance of these gifts can cause a believer to fear them saying, “These gifts are different, sometimes sounding strange, and if not used properly could hurt someone.” What a waste of God’s provision, all due to a lack of understanding. Paul realized that the gifts can be used improperly and goes to great lengths to explain how they are to operate in a church, during public ministry, for the edification of all (1Corinthians 14).

The nine gifts of the Spirit are: 1) The Word of Wisdom, 2) The Word of Knowledge, 3) Faith, 4) Gifts of Healing, 5) The Working of Miracles, 6) Prophecy, 7) Discerning of Spirits, 8) Different Kinds of Tongues, and, 9) The Interpretation of Tongues. Paul makes it clear that they are all given by the Holy Spirit. The gifts are manifestations of the Spirit given to an individual, but for the profit of all.

Some have divided the nine gifts into three categories.

Revelation Gifts: Words of Wisdom; Words of Knowledge; and Discerning of Spirits

Power & Demonstration Gifts: Special Faith; Gifts of Healing; and Working of Miracles

Vocal/ Inspiration Gifts: Prophecy; Kinds of Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues.

NEXT STEP: This week I will ask the Holy Spirit to give me at least one spiritual gift, not for my glory, but for the edification of the Church.

The Holy Spirit Guides Us

Rom 8:14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (NIV)

Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (NKJ) (keep in step, NIV)

Our steps and our stops are ordered by the Holy Spirit.

Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch: Acts 8:29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." (NIV)

Job Assignments: Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." (NIV)

Gospel Hotspots: Acts 16:6-7 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. (NIV)

NEXT STEP: This week I will practice listening to the Holy Spirit and expect Him to guide me.

The Holy Spirit Anoints Us

Anointed For Knowledge and Teaching

I Jn 2:27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit– just as it has taught you, remain in him. (NIV) (Acts 2:20)

John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (NIV)

1 Cor 2:9-10 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"– 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. (NIV)

John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (NIV)

Anointed For Service

Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, (NIV)

Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (NIV)

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

1. How do you maintain a fullness of the Holy Spirit in your life? Any suggestions or tips to share?

2. Without using your notes or Bible, list all nine fruits of the Holy Spirit. (Work together as a group if you need to.) How do you increase the fruit production in your life?

3. Without using your notes or Bible, list all nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Work together as a group if you need to.) If you have a gift, or if God has used you to operate in one of the gifts, share your experience with the group.

4. How does the Holy Spirit guide you in your life? How well do you think you hear His voice or leadership?

5. Most people quote 1 Cor 2:9 “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” With our quoting verse 10. “but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” How do we get from verse 9 to verse 10 in our lives?

6. What have been the results with you or others as you have been speaking the 2 Cor. 13:14 blessing over your family, Life App Group, and Church?

07-20-14 Work of Holy Spirit

We began this Summer Series on The Holy Spirit by asking these questions.

Is the Holy Spirit a power which we get to hold and use at our discretion? Or is the Holy Spirit a personal Being who holds and uses us?

We wanted to know of the blessings and relations that will come in our lives when we don’t just know the Holy Spirit as merely a gracious influence…but as an ever-present, loving friend and helper.

The Holy Spirit is at work in the world today! He is at work in all humanity, and especially in the life of the Believer.Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we discuss “The Work of The Holy Spirit!”

 

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The Holy Spirit “The Names of the Holy Spirit” Believers Statesboro 07-13-14 Watch online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/

 

This summer we are looking into the scriptures and getting a clear picture of who the Holy Spirit is and how He works in our lives. We are beginning to see that the Holy Spirit isn’t just a power which we get to hold and use at our discretion. But rather, the Holy Spirit a personal Being who holds and uses us!

We want to know of the blessings and relationship that come in our lives when we don’t just know the Holy Spirit as merely a gracious influence…but as an ever-present, loving friend and helper.

Last week we saw Five Proofs That the Holy Spirit is God and in week 1 we learned of the Personality of the Holy Spirit. We mentioned that sometimes the names or the symbols of the Holy Spirit make us think of Him as something other than a person or a Deity, such as breath, wind, and power.

You may ask, “What’s the big deal about names?” Last week we looked at the Deity of the Holy Spirit and saw there is a lot in a name. As a matter of fact the name of the Holy Spirit is associated with that of the Father, and the Son.

Names Such As The Spirit of God and of Christ

1 Cor 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (NKJ)

Rom 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. (NIV)

The names of the Holy Spirit not only reveal His Deity other names given to the Holy Spirit reveal His characteristics, His attributes, and how He works in our lives today!

Other Names of the Holy Spirit

1. The Holy Spirit (97 Times)

John 1:33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ (NIV)

This speaks for itself. The Spirit is one of Holiness. He convicts the world of sin and ungodliness, and He brings holiness to your life and mine.

2. The Comforter

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; (KJV) parakletos (par-ak’-lay-tos); an intercessor (Helper, NKJ) consoler (NIV): advocate, comforter. A comforter is one who comes to your side like a lawyer defending you. This counselor and advocate brings great comfort to our lives knowing that He is for us and not against us. He helps and defends us.

3. The Spirit of Truth

John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– 17 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. (NIV)

John 15:26 "When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. (NIV)

John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

I Jn 5:6 This is the one who came by water and blood– Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

Just as the Holy Spirit implies that He is at odds with un-holiness. So the Spirit of Truth is at odds with the Spirit of error. The Devil is the deceiver and Father of lies. John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (NIV)

The Spirit of truth lives in us, will be with us, He is our counselor, He testifies about Jesus, guides us into truth, speaks what He hears from the Fathers and even tells us of things to come.

I Jn 4:6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. (NIV)

4. The Spirit of Grace

Heb 10:28-29 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (NIV)

The Holy Spirit convers grace and to reject the Holy Spirit is to shut off hope for salvation. To resist the appeal of the Holy Spirit is to insult the Godhead. But even after salvation, we would be wise to listen to and to be led by the Spirit of Grace.

5. The Spirit of Life

Rom 8:2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (NIV)

We once were controlled by the Law of Sin and Death. But the power over us is broken and we are now controlled by the Spirit of Life. We now live by the Spirit of Life and liberty!

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)

Acts 17:28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (NIV)

6. The Spirit of Wisdom

Wisdom and Understanding

Isa 11:2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD– (NIV)

Wisdom and Revelation

Eph 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (NIV)

7. The Spirit of Promise

Luke 24:49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised…

Acts 1:4 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.

Eph 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, (NKJ)

Not only was the Holy Spirit promised to us, we were sealed on the day of our salvation by the Holy Spirit. To be sealed indicated ownership. We belong to God.

This seal also assures us that all the promises of God will be fulfilled in our lives!

8. The Spirit of Glory

1 Pet 4:14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. (NIV) Glory – the character and magnificent presence and radiance of God.

2 Cor 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces (our glory is not failing) all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory (our glory is increasing), which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV) The more we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the more the glory of God will be evident in our lives!

9. The Spirit of the Lord

Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, (NIV)

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)

Jesus gave the disciples, and to us as well an impossible task. That is the things Jesus ask us to do are impossible in our flesh. Jesus knew that, in their flesh, the disciples were inadequate, but He had a solution. Christ promised that a Comforter and Helper would come. With the Holy Spirit working through them, they would be able to accomplish all that Jesus called them to do.

The same Spirit of the Lord that was upon Jesus in Luke 4:18 is upon us as well! He had anointed us to preach the good news too! To proclaim freedom to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind. By the Spirit of the Lord working through us the oppressed will be released!

Symbols of the Holy Spirit

· Water

Isa 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. (NIV)

John 7:38-39 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39 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. (NIV)

· John 4:10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." (NIV)

· Rev 7:17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (NIV)

Water- life giving, refreshing, renews, satisfies, fruitful. It also cleans, purifies, and washes.

Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; (NAS)

NEXT STEP: Today I will repent all my sin’s and ask the Holy Spirit to fill me and refresh me with the presence of the Lord!

· Fire

Matt 3:11-12 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (NIV)

The Holy Spirit burns out the impurities in our lives and refines us to be more like Christ Jesus.

The Spirit of Fire can also be a Spirit of Judgment.

Isa 4:4 The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. (NIV)

Not only will the Holy Spirit of Fire burn out the chaff in us and leave the pure wheat, The Holy Spirit will also burn within us as a fervent fire for the Lord. Zeal to serve the Lord.

Not speaking of ministering to others in Jesus’ name is like a fire burning inside!

Jer 20:9 But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. (NIV)

The Holy Spirit will burn a zeal within your heart for the church. John 2:17 His disciples remembered

that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me." (NIV)

Paul exhorted the church in Rome and us to…Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Rom 12:11 (NIV)

I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn. John Wesley

NEXT STEP: This week I will ask the Lord to baptize me with the fire of the Holy Spirit, a burning zeal to serve the Lord.

· Wind or Breath

John 3:8 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." (NIV)

The Holy Spirit may be invisible as a person, but like the wind, the powerful effects of the Holy Spirit are evident. As we who are born of the Spirit serve Him, we will see evidence of His power and might in our lives.

The Holy Spirit sounded like the sound of a mighty wind at Pentecost.

Acts 2:2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. (NIV)

Prior to the day of Pentecost on the evening of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, Jesus breathed His Spirit on the Disciples.

John 20:22 And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

· 2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (NIV)

· 2 Pet 1:20-21 …knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (NKJ)

Wind brings a cool refreshing. The Holy Spirit blows bringing new life, revival, and renewal.

I say, “Blow winds blow!”

NEXT STEP: This week I will pray for the Lord to send His Holy Spirit winds of revival on us personally and as a church corporately. Blow Winds Blow!

· Oil

Beginning with the anointing of Aaron to be the Priest, and throughout the scriptures oil has been used to represent the Holy Spirits anointing. The oil gives us a visual picture or something that in the natural we cannot see.

Exod 29:7 Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head. (NIV)

Ps 23:5-6 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (NIV)

James 5:14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. (NIV)

The Oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit coming upon us and is a faith catalyst as we pray.

· The Dove

Matt 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." (NIV)

Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." (NIV)

The dove is a picture of gentleness, beauty, grace, purity, and peace.

· The Finger of God

Luke 11:20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you. (NIV) The Holy Spirit as the finger of God can pinpoint, touch, and minister to the specific and precise needs of people.

We are grateful the scriptures give us names and symbols to help us understand the person of the Holy Spirit better. Combining all of these together we begin to see the richness of this amazing Holy Spirit of God!

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

1. What is your favorite name for the Holy Spirit and why? What does it say to you?

2. What is your favorite symbol of the Holy Spirit and why? What does it say to you?

3. Jesus calls the Holy Spirit a comforter in John 14:16. A parakletos (par-ak’-lay-tos); an intercessor (Helper, NKJ) consoler (NIV) and advocate. What kind of confidence should that give us as Believers? Do you really experience that in your own life?

4. John Wesley said, “I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.” Would you do that? How do you set yourself on fire with the Spirit of Fire?

5. Do you sense the Wind of the Holy Spirit blowing in your life, your family, your Life App Group, or our church? If so, explain what you are sensing.

6. What have been the results with you or others as you have been speaking the 2 Cor. 13:14 blessing over your family, Life App Group, and Church?

Pray for Healing!

July 14th, 2014

We believe in the power of prayer and the healing work that Christ Jesus did on the cross! Jesus said in Matthew 18:19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” (NIV)

Also in Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (NKJ)

I want us as the Believers Church family, joining with other family and friends, to be praying for several people that need a special touch of God’s healing power.

clip_image002Matt Muhmel and his wife Cindy are faithful members at Believers Church of Statesboro and they are volunteer youth workers in our Edge Youth Groups as well.

Matt is a park ranger and they have two young children Maverick and Finlee.

Join us in believing God for divine healing for Matt from Pancreatic Cancer. Matt has a great attitude and he and Cindy are believing God for his healing.

We need you to please agree in prayer with us.

clip_image004Also agree with us in prayer for Isabella Nesmith, daughter of Greg and Theresa Nesmith. She has been diagnosed with Ectodermal Dysplasia, which in short is the body’s lack of temperature control. She needs a special touch from God as well.

 

We thank you for praying for Steve Stepahek who has been dealing with bladder cancer. We have been agreeing in prayer with Steve, his wife Peggy, and their daughters Carson and Daley. The cancer has decreased significantly and Steve will have surgery this week to remove the rest. We believe that this will be the end to cancer in Steve’s body!

Let’s pray for total healing and that God will be glorified in all three of these situations!

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (KJV)

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The Holy Spirit “The Names of the Holy Spirit” Believers Statesboro 07-13-14

This summer we are looking into the scriptures and getting a clear picture of who the Holy Spirit is and how He works in our lives. We are beginning to see that the Holy Spirit isn’t just a power which we get to hold and use at our discretion. But rather, the Holy Spirit a personal Being who holds and uses us!

We want to know of the blessings and relationship that come in our lives when we don’t just know the Holy Spirit as merely a gracious influence…but as an ever-present, loving friend and helper.

Last week we saw Five Proofs That the Holy Spirit is God (07-06-14 The Deity of The Holy Spirit See notes below) and this Sunday we are going to look at the names given to The Holy Spirit.

So join us this Sunday, 07-13-14, at 9 or 11 a.m., for worship, fellowship, and new insight about The Holy Spirit as seen in His names. Following the services on Sunday’s Believers church families are meeting all across the city to continue the study of The Holy Spirit in Life Application Groups. There are 10 different locations to serve you so check out all of the groups on line. http://believersstatesboro.com/

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Also don’t forget to sign up and help with our “Back to School Blast”, Saturday, July 19th, as we give out 500 book bags with supplies to children in our community! Serve by setting up, working a station, or cleaning up! Also spread the word to kids who could benefit from this!

The Holy Spirit “The Deity of the Holy Spirit” Believers Statesboro 07-06-14

Happy 4th of July weekend! I hope you had a great 4th and were able to celebrate our freedom. Do you know one of the great things about being a Christian in America? We do get to live in a free country, but we are also free in Christ as well. Free from sin, free from the old nature, and free to walk in the Holy Spirit.

We started a Summer Series, last Sunday, on the Holy Spirit and saw that The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, who lives within us, and works with us to fulfill the will of God! He is worthy of our adoration and praise! Not only that but as we celebrate our freedom let’s remember that the Holy Spirit brings us true freedom and liberty!

2 Cor 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Not only is this a great verse about freedom, but is also one of the scriptures that teach us that the Holy Spirit is Deity. Notice in verse 18, we all reflect the Lord’s glory. 2 Cor 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV)

This glory comes from (WHO?) the Lord, (And the Lord is WHO?) who is the Spirit. Sometimes in scripture, Lord can be used to address a man, but most of the time in scripture it is used only when addressing a Deity, such as in Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (NIV) Therefore as 2 Corinthians 3:18 states, the Holy Spirit is the Lord.

When we talk about the Deity of the Holy Spirit what we are saying is the Holy Spirit is God.

This is a truth that is clearly set forth in scripture.

Five Proofs That the Holy Spirit is God

1. Divine Names Are Given to the Holy Spirit

Next we will be looking in more detail at the names of the Holy Spirit. But two examples of the Holy Spirit having a divine name are seen in 2 Corinthian 3:18, which we just looked at and in Acts 5.

Acts 5 is one of the clearest examples of the Deity of Holy Spirit as seen in the story of Ananias and Sapphira.

In the early days of the church, after the Day of Pentecost, a lot of people who were from other countries just stayed in Jerusalem to be a part of this mighty move of God. Of course they would only have what was in their suitcase had not God laid on the hearts of people to share their material blessing.

Acts 4:34-37 There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. (NIV)

Ananias and his wife Sapphira wanted to be a part of this as well. Maybe they would be called a son and daughter of encouragement, like Barnabas was now being referred to.

Acts 5:1-9 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. There was nothing wrong with the couple keeping a part of the land sale for themselves, but they

predetermined to lie and declared that they had given the whole amount to the church!

3 Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and

have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold?

And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have

not lied to men but to God." 5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who

heard what had happened. 6 Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and

buried him. 7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, "Tell

me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?" "Yes," she said, "that is the price." 9 Peter said to her,

"How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried

your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also." (NIV)

Notice how Peter used the title Holy Spirit and God interchangeably.

Vs. 3 – You have lied to the Holy Spirit.

Vs. 4 – You have not lied to men but to God."

Vs.9 – How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord?

Conclusion – The Holy Spirit is Deity; He is God, a member of the trinity, the three on one.

2. The Holy Spirit Possesses Divine Attributes

The Holy Spirit is Eternal Hebrew 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (NIV)

We know the God is: Omnipresent – All Present or present in all places at all times. Omnipotent – All Powerful.

Omniscient – All knowing.

The Holy Spirit is also: Omnipresent – All Present or present everywhere

Ps 139:7-10 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. (NIV)

Omnipotent – All Powerful Luke 1:35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. (NIV)

Omniscient – All knowing 1 Cor 2:10-11 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (NIV)

NEXT STEP: This week I will consider if I’m living my life the way I should seeing that the Holy Spirit is always present with me, all powerful, and all knowing!

3. Divine Works Are Ascribed to The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit was a part of Creation. Gen 1:2-3 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. 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (NIV)

Ps 104:30 When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth. (NIV)

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (NIV)

The Making of Man Gen 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule

over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures

that move along the ground." (NIV) Who is God talking too? Jesus (John 1:1-3) and the Holy Spirit. (Gn. 1:2)

The Holy Spirit is part of Salvation. John 3:5-8 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water (Natural Birth) and the Spirit (Spiritual Birth). 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’

8 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." (NIV)

The Holy Spirit is part of Resurrection and Spiritual Life Rom 8:11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. (NIV)

4. The Name of the Holy Spirit Is Associated with that of the Father, and the Son.

The Baptism Formula Matt 28:19 …baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… Notice this say’s in the name (singular), not names (plural), implying that all three are equal Persons equally. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

If would be absurd to say baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Paul, or Moses, or Mike. Because any other name put here would imply that person is equal with God and Jesus and is Deity.

That’s why one of the other symbols of the Holy Spirit would not fit here either. For instance saying, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the wind. The wind is an attribute of the Holy Spirit, but the wind is not the Holy Spirit, and the wind is not God.

The Spiritual Gifts

The Holy Spirit is equal to the Father and Son when distributing gifts to the church.

1 Cor 12:4-6 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. (NIV)

The Spirit of God and of Christ

1 Cor 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (NKJ)

Rom 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

The Temple

Your body the temple of God 1 Cor 3:16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? (NIV)

Your body the temple of the Holy Spirit 1 Cor 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (NIV)

The Trinity’s Work in the Church Acts 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. (NIV)

· The Holy Spirit appointed overseers in the church.

· These overseers will shepherd God’s church.

· This church was bought with the blood of God, Jesus.

The Blessing that Paul Spoke Over the Church

2 Cor 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (NIV)

NEXT STEP: Begin to speak this blessing over your family, Life App Group, and Church.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)

5. Old Testament Passages Referring to God Are Used in the New Testament to Refer to the Holy Spirit.

OLD Testament

New Testament

Isa 6:8-10 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

9 He said, "Go and tell this people: "’Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ 10 Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed." (NIV)

Acts 28:25-27 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet: 26 "Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving." 27 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ (NIV)

Exodus 16:7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?" (NIV)

Heb 3:7-9 So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, 9 where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. (NIV)

Conclusion: The Holy Spirit is God!

Therefore…

NEXT STEP: I will dedicate the next four weeks of my life to learn and develop my relationship with the Holy Spirit. Not only on Sunday Morning’s, but in a Life Application Group as well.

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

1. In your own words, why is it important to see the Holy Spirit as God?

2. What do you think about the concept in the Ananias and Sapphira story (Acts 5) that lying to the church or deceiving you brothers and sisters in the Lord is the same as lying to the Holy Spirit and God?

3. Do we or the average Christian live our lives like the Holy Spirit (God) is always with us, all powerful, and all knowing? What are we thinking when we willfully do something that displeases Him?

4. Explain in your own words how the Trinity is seen in the Creation of the world (Genesis 1). Remember the Holy Spirit was there in the beginning (Gn. 1:2) and will be there in the end (Rev. 22:17).

5. Of all the proof texts given in scripture that The Holy Spirit is God, which one resonates with you? One that you can remember and repeat to others who question if The Holy Spirit is really God?

6. What have been the results with you or others as you have been speaking the 2 Cor. 13:14 blessing over your family, Life App Group, and Church?

2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (NIV)

Join us this Sunday at 9 and 11 as we celebrate our are freedom as Americans and our freedom in Christ Jesus! This week we will see The Deity of The Holy Spirit throughout scripture! Also the Life App Groups are awesome! Great discussion, fellowship, and fun! Join one this week!

7-6-14 Promo

Here are the notes from Sunday’s sermon “The Personality of the Holy Spirit”.  Hope you are also attending one of the ten Life App Groups this week so that you can get a better understanding of the Holy Spirit and how He works in our lives!  Last night we have an great time together at our Life Group as Greg and Beth Oglesby’s home. 

Check out the various Life App Groups on our web page (www.believersstatesboro.com) or on our Facebook page.  Then sign up for one this Sunday at the Welcome Center or sign up at the Giving Kiosk or on line @ https://believers.securegive.com/SG/WebOnline/Home/Index?WO=believers

Sign in and click on “Get Connected”.

This coming Sunday 07-06-14 we will look at “The Deity of the Holy Spirit”  Five Proofs That the Holy Spirit is God!

The Holy Spirit “The Personality of the Holy Spirit” Believers Statesboro 06-29-14

You and I should be very interested concerning the works and ways of the Holy Spirit. After all we are sealed on the day of redemption by the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to witness by the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, we are to be continually filled with the Spirit, and we are to walk daily in the Spirit.

We are not only given gifts of the Spirit to efficiently grow the church, but we are to be producing the fruit of the Spirit as a byproduct of the Holy Spirit dwelling in our lives.

But when it comes to the Holy Spirit, for a lot of us, there is a vagueness that seems to cloud our understanding. The Apostle Paul realized how important it would be for the church to understand the ways of the Spirit and exhorted the church in 1 Corinthians 12:1 “Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.” (NIV) I don’t think it would be wrong to not only agree with Paul, but to expand that to say, “Not only gifts, but in all matters of the Holy Spirit, I don’t want you to be ignorant.” Therefore the doctrine of the Holy Spirit should be of the greatest importance to us.

As a matter of fact the Bible opens and closes with the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

Gen 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. (NIV)

Rev 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (NIV)

The night before His crucifixion, at the last Super as recorded in John chapters 14-16, Jesus talked a lot about the personality of the Holy Spirit and how He would work in our lives. I’ve always held that if you know you are going to die, your last words to your family and friends would be of upmost importance and should be carefully heeded.

Today we are going to look in the scriptures and get a clear picture of the Personality of the Holy Spirit.

Why Some People Question the Personality of the Holy Spirit

· Compared to God and Jesus, the Holy Spirit may seem impersonal.

It’s easy to see the personality of God in creation and the stories in the Old Testament.

It’s easy to see the personality of Jesus in the Gospels.

But the Holy Spirit seems mystical, and we tend to think of Him as more of an influence, a power, or a manifestation rather than a person.

· The Names Given to the Holy Spirit

We are going to look at the names of the Holy Spirit later, but sometimes some, not all, of the names given to the Holy Spirit make us think of Him as something other than a person.

o He is called breath, wind, and power. Or symbols such as oil, fire, and water.

· Greetings and Salutations The Holy Spirit is not always included in the greetings and salutations in the New Testament. 1Thes 3:11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. (NIV) Other times the Holy Spirit’s Name is included. 2 Cor 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (NIV)

QUESTION:

Is the Holy Spirit a power which we get to hold and use at our discretion?

Or is the Holy Spirit a personal Being who holds and uses us?

We want to know of the blessing and relations that will come in our lives when we don’t just know the Holy Spirit as merely a gracious influence…but as an ever-present, loving friend and helper.

The Holy Spirit is a person, a part of the divine trinity, and we need to reverence, respect, and honor him.

“If the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person and we know it not, we are robbing a Divine Being of the love and adoration which are His due.” R.A. Torrey

NEXT STEP: I will dedicate the next five weeks of my life to learn and develop my relationship with the Holy Spirit. Not only on Sunday Morning, but in a Life Application Group as well.

Understanding the Personality of the Holy Spirit

It’s difficult to define personality when we are talking about a divine being. We need to remember that man was created in the image of God, rather than God being created in the image of man. Therefore God cannot be measured by human standards. Only God has the perfect personality. But there are certain characteristics of human personalities that are seen clearly in God’s personality, and the personality of the Holy Spirit.

The Person Like Activities of the Holy Spirit

1. The Holy Spirit thinks. (He has a mind and thinks with it)

a) 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 …The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (NIV)

b) He has a mind. Romans 8:27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (NIV)

2. The Holy Spirit experiences feelings.

a) The Holy Spirit can be Grieved

Ephesians 4:30 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.” People feel grief.

b) The Holy Spirit Loves Romans 15:30 I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. (NIV)

3. The Holy Spirit chooses or makes decisions.

a) He chooses how to give Spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. (NIV)

b) Leadership decisions. Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." (NIV)

4. The Holy Spirit communicates.

a) The Holy Spirit said. Acts 13:2 (Above)

b) He gives instructions. Acts 8:29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."

c) He talks to us. He bears witness with our Spirit. Rom 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (NIV)

5. The Holy Spirit teaches.

a) John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (NIV)

b) 1 Cor 2:13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. (NIV)

6. The Holy Spirit guides.

a) John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (NIV)

b) He leads us in everyday life. Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit

Matt 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

c) He instructs (Nehemiah refers to the Holy Spirit as instructing the Israelites in the wilderness.)

Nehemiah 9:20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. (NIV)

7. The Holy Spirit prohibits or forbids.

Acts 16:6-7 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. (NIV)

8. The Holy Spirit prays and makes intercession for us.

Rom 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (NIV)

Conclusion: The Holy Spirit acts like a person. He is a person and has a personality.

The Holy Spirit is treated as a person by other persons or beings.

1. The Holy Spirit is obeyed.

Salvation to the Gentiles Acts 10:19-20 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Simon, three men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them." (NIV)

Acts 11:12 The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. (NIV)

2. The Holy Spirit is received.

John 20:22 And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

Not something to be accepted, but someone to be received.

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!

3. The Holy Spirit is proclaimed as Deity. We will cover this in Week Two. (07-06-14)

There are some offensive things that you can do to the Holy Spirit as well. We will mention them today, but cover them in Week Five (07-27-14) “Offences Against the Holy Spirit”.

4. The Holy Spirit is lied to. Acts 5 Ananias and Sapphira,

5. The Holy Spirit is resisted. Acts 7:51 / 1Thes 5:19

6. The Holy Spirit is blasphemed. Matt 12:31-32 / Mark 3:28-29

7. The Holy Spirit is insulted. Hebrews 10:29

8. The Holy Spirit is referred to in scripture by Jesus using masculine pronouns.

John 15:26 "When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. (NIV)

John 16:7-8 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: (NIV)

John 16:13-14 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. (NIV)

Jesus told the disciples that He would ask the Father to send someone to replace Him.

John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– (NIV)

When Jesus said “He will give you another Counselor”, making reference to the Person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was already a counselor to them and now He is asking the Father to send someone to them “another Counselor” just like Jesus. Jesus was saying, “Give them someone, a person, just like me.”

The Holy Spirit would:

· Continue the work of Jesus on the earth.

· Reveal and show Jesus to the world.

· Continue to demonstrate and do the works and ministry that Jesus did.

Here in John 14:16 the Holy Spirit is referred to as Counselor. Some of your versions will say Comforter or Helper. The Greek word is parakletos (par-ak’-lay-tos); an intercessor, consoler, advocate, comforter, and helper.

The bottom line is The Holy Spirit could not have taken the place of the person Jesus Christ and relate personally to the disciples and to us unless the Holy Spirit is also a person.

The Holy Spirit will be our 1) Comforter, 2) Standby, 3) Advocate, 4) Intercessor, 5) Teacher, 6) Friend, 7) Guide, 8) Counselor, 9) Strengthener, 10) Leader, 11) Helper, and 12) Partner.

That sounds like a person to be. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, who lives within us, and works with us to fulfill the will of God! It is my desire that in this series we will understand and have a personal relationship with the Third Person of the Trinity, God, The Holy Spirit. I don’t just want to talk about Him, or learn more information about Him, but I want and I want you to become acquainted with the Holy Spirit and really know Him.

NEXT STEP: Begin to speak this blessing over your family, Life Group, and Church.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)

 

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

1. When you think of the Holy Spirit, do you see him more as a person or more as our tradition perception of a ghost or spirit?

2. In your own words, why is it important to see the Holy Spirit as a Person?

3. One of The Person Like Activities of the Holy Spirit is that “The Holy Spirit Communicates”. How does the Holy Spirit communicate with you and with people in general?

4. Another One of The Person Like Activities of the Holy Spirit is that “The Holy Spirit teaches”. How does the Holy Spirit teach us today? Give an example of the Holy Spirit teaching you.

5. Some of the other Person Like Activities of the Holy Spirit is that “The Holy Spirit guides, prohibits, and forbids”. How does the Holy Spirit guide you in your own life? Give examples. Has He ever prohibited or forbidden you to do something?

6. As you begin the 2 Cor. 13:14 blessing over your family, Life App Group, and Church, how do you anticipate this blessing making a difference in your life and the lives of those receiving the blessing?