Sunnyside Church of the Nazarene
Sunday April 24
  • We Believe (TR)
  • All Who Are Thirsty
  • Resurrection Power
  • Holy Spirit
  • Before Palm Sunday and Easter, we were in a series called Artiōs, which is all about reaching our potential in Christ. And part of reaching our potential is knowing our true identity in Christ. But before we can know our true identity, we need to know God's identity and character – because ultimately, we receive our identity from Him.
    We left off talking about the attributes of God. We will continue that conversation next Sunday. This morning, however, I believe we need to talk about a person who not only plays a vital role in the development of our identity but plays a vital role in daily Christian living. Unfortunately, this person is often neglected or overlooked. I'm talking about the Holy Spirit.
    Now if this church is going to reach its potential, we will not reach anything without the partnership of God's Spirit. If we do not seek and allow the Holy Spirit to have authority and influence in our lives, then we are forfeiting power, victory, and influence in our homes and communities. I don't know about you, but I want to be a Christian who walks in the power and the authority of Christ, and I want to have a church that's operates in the power and authority of Christ. I want my life to be transformed by the Spirit, and I want to be a part of a church that transforms the lives of others. I want to see the Spirit of God moving in our lives - not just on Sunday morning, but on Monday and Tuesday and on Wednesday ....
    So, all I want to do this morning is expose us to what the Scriptures say about God's Spirit, how He operates in our lives, which then I hope will propel us toward seeking and submitting to the Holy Spirit. Planting the seed – once we’re finished with Artios, we’ll about this in greater detail.
    As we go along this morning, and we’re listening to the Scriptures, pray - ask the Lord to reveal what He wants you to know. And ask yourself questions like, “Is this a reality in my life? Have I experienced that? Does that happen to me or through me?
    Before I read some Scriptures about the Holy Spirit, and this is by no means exhaustive, let me give you an overview of our interaction with the Holy Spirit.
    We are to askfor the Holy Spirit, We are to receive the Spirit, Be baptized in the Spirit, We can be in the Spirit, We are to be filledwith the Spirit, We are to keep in step with the Spirit, Pray inthe Spirit, Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit, and we are to eagerly desire spiritual gifts.
    We can grievethe spirit, resist the spirit, harden our hearts toward the Spirit, and blaspheme the Holy Spirit.
    The Holy Spirit can speak to us, remind us, comfort us, convict us, send us, restrain us, supernaturally empower us, intercedefor us, help us, seal us, and reveal spiritual things.
    Curious- just from that list without even reading Scripture what's going on in here? Take notes.
    Let’s look at only a few Scriptures. Not going to answer all our questions today – not my goal. My goal is to compel us to seek the Lord and the infilling of the Holy Spirit so we can live Spirit-filled lives. Difference between a saved life and Spirit-filled life.
    Matthew 3:11 ESV
    “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
    Baptism = emersion (emersed with the Spirit). Fire = purification (blood of Jesus).
    Question – have I been baptized with the Spirit?
    Luke 4:1 ESV
    And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness
    Why do we need to know that Jesus, the Son of God was full of the Holy Spirit? If Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, how much more do we to be filled?
    John 15:26–27 ESV
    “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
    What does the Holy Spirit do? He points us to Jesus. The Holy Spirit helps us point others to Jesus.
    Acts 1:4–8 ESV
    And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
    Power = ability or strength and it’s not of our own
    Luke 24:49 ESV
    And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
    Acts 19:1–6 ESV
    And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.
    1 Corinthians 2:11–13 ESV
    For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
    1 Corinthians 12:4 ESV
    Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
    1 Corinthians 12:7 ESV
    To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
    1 Corinthians 14:1 ESV
    Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
    Luke 9:1–2 ESV
    And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.
    Power from the Spirit. Authority from Christ.
    Luke 11:13 ESV
    If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
    Being filled with the spirit begins with a relationship with Jesus Christ. It's also about consecrating our lives to His authority – to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
    My initial baptism of the Spirit took a long time – God had to work through sin, confusion, stubbornness … the more I yielded, the closer I go until one evening!
    So much more we could talk about. A) What has the Lord revealed to you? B) Spirit-filled – baptized? Randy’s class.
      • Matthew 3:11NIV2011

      • Luke 4:1NIV2011

      • John 15:26–27NIV2011

      • Acts 1:4–8NIV2011

      • Luke 24:49NIV2011

      • Acts 19:1–6NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 2:11–13NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 12:4NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 12:7NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 14:1NIV2011

      • Luke 9:1–2NIV2011

      • Luke 11:13NIV2011

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