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What We Believe - Spirit

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Secular:

Have you ever been asked to do the impossible?

Given a task and wondered how it could ever possibly get done on time…?

When I was hear just about two years ago…

Actually the end of November…

I returned to Orangeville the first  week in December…

When the Senior Pastor came up to me and asked me to write the script, produce and direct that year’s Christmas Program.

… My first reaction

  • Do you not know there is only 3 weeks till Christmas
  • Do you not know this one if the largest outreach opportunities in the whole year
  • Do you not realize that there will be well over 800 people in the congregation
  • Do you even have a clue!!
  • He responded with… oh and Wendy will help you with the music…
  • I had a head scratching moment…
  • I could never pull this off…
  • Too much at stake….
  • Too much work…
  • Too much to coordinate…
  • Wendy proved invaluable…. I trimmed the cast down to Josh and I… I wrote it in his vernacular… his words… and we prayed…. And prayed… and prayed….
  • Living a life for Christ is even more overwhelming….
    • The gracious and glorious God of the universe… choose to redeem us… showing us his love through the ultimate sacrifice… His Son….
    • Yet we struggle everyday… to understand God’s call on our life… to live lives empowered for Christ…
    • God in his mercy has given The Holy Spirit… in order to enable us in our Christian life…

Biblical:

Section D - The Holy Spirit
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit Who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Personal:

  • You know that gnawing voice that challenges us in our daily living…
  • That power to share the right words at the right time…
  • Brings clarity to the Word of God in your life…
  • Gives you strength in times of great trial…
  • Jesus promised The Holy Spirit…
  • The Holy Spirit is a living and vital part of the life of the believer…

Bridge:

Rebirth in the Spirit gives us new life

Knowing the Spirit helps us live right

Power in the Spirit makes us effect for Christ

Should we not desire to know the Spirit of God….

Body:

            The Spirit our Living Water

The Spirit our Comforter and Illuminator

The Spirit our Seal, our Promise

The One True Spirit

 

Belief…

The Spirit our Living Water

NAU John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

  • So far…
    • Bible
    • God
    • Christ
    • Holy Spirit
    •  Promise… in Scripture
    • Fully God
    • Attested to be Christ…
    • the indwelling spirit… He is given to everyone who believes in Christ
  • The feast celebrated God’s faithfulness…
    • Palm branches
    • And fruit of the harvest
    • And water from the pool of Siloam
  • NAU Isaiah 12:3 Therefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation.
  • Festival… last day… no ceremonial drinks
    • Last day of festival… pray for rain
  • It is then Jesus while standing gives a load proclamation… the promise of the Holy Spirit to those who trust…
  • Living water in answer to their prayers for water…

  • Living flowing an active water…
  • The gift of Pentecost in view through Calvary…
  •  Jesus would be glorified…. And the Spirit poured out.

The Spirit our Living Water

The Spirit our Comforter and Illuminator

NAU John 14:16 "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

  • When we are indwelt with the Spirit of truth
  • We have a Helper to guide us in our life of faith. (Strengthening us… Jesus didn’t leave us… specifically asked the Father to provide help those who believe)
    • The Helper does not come to the world… the helper comes to those who are the Children of God
  • The Spirit is our illuminator
    • NAU 1 Corinthians 2:14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
    • The Gospel message is only makes sense to those whom the Spirit Illuminates…
    • 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God
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    • We have a Spirit that convicts of sin…
      • Keeps us on the narrow road
      • It is hard… can’t it in our own strength
      • A real helper is honest…
        • Coach in training…
        • Send you in…. simple pat on the back
        • No… challenge…
        • Point our error…
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  • The Spirit works in our life to sanctify us…
  • Jesus prayer to his Father at his death…NAU John 17:17 "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
    • Show us the righteousness of God
    • Show us the judgement due
    • Purify us through the washing of the Word
  • Help is like a pro athlete
    • Dietician - Eat Right… Devour the Word
    • Trainer - Train Right…Live a right life
    • Physician – Be Healthy… root out illness… sin…
    • Lawyer – No the rules… live according to the plan
    • Accountant – Protect your assets… guard against fraud… pro-planning… misuse…
    • Counsellor – Protect your mental health – keeping you on track… comforting
  •  Jesus promised the Help we would need…

 The Spirit our Comforter and Illuminator

The Spirit our Seal, our Promise

NAU Romans 8:9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

  • The Spirit indwells us… those who have been regenerated… born again… born anew… enlivened in Spirit 
  • As a seal of the Promise of the Father NAU Ephesians 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
    • Shows authority
    • Shows belonging
    • Show responsibility
  • NAU 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
  • The Spirit of truth is the promise of protection from God…
    • To convict, to judge, to illuminate
    • God’s power to regenerate
    • To sanctify
    • To Empower
    • To persevere (the Seal… deliver on Promises
  • The Promise of the Spirit to those who trust in faith!!

The Spirit our Seal, our Promise

The One True Spirit

NAU 1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

  • The Spirit is available to all…
    • Regardless of background
    • Regardless of economic standing
    • All are welcomed into the family of God
  • No Super Christians…
    • We all have the same Spirit
    • We are all under the Lordship of One Lord
    • We are all have salvation…through one Saviour
  •  We are all brought into the body Christ through our Faith in Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit of God…
    • It isn’t about our own merit but about God’s mercy

The One True Spirit

 Passion…

The Spirit our Living Water

 

 

The Spirit our Comforter and Illuminator

 

 

The Spirit our Seal, our Promise

 

 

The One True Spirit

 

Obedience…

The Spirit our Living Water

The Spirit our Comforter and Illuminator

The Spirit our Seal, our Promise

The One True Spirit

 

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