Pneuma [The Spirit] 2 – The Presence Encountered (Water) 11/12/17 (MS)
Theme verse:“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Tonight’s icon: Water
1. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
“John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:5)
“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” (Acts 2:1-4)
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
2. The Stirring of the Holy Spirit
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
“This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
3. The Encounter with the Holy Spirit
“The wind blows wherever it wants…” (John 3:8a)
Ask. “Ask and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7a)
Read. “These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” (2 Corinthians 2:10)
Step out. “We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
- In what ways have you encountered God where you feel like the Holy Spirit was leading you to do something? How do you know it was Him?
- When did Todd say that we receive the Holy Spirit? Why is that important to remember?
- Why do you think we don’t experience the Holy Spirit’s power more – in our lives? In the Church? Around the world?
- What does it mean to be stirred up? Have you had the Holy Spirit stir you? If so, what did that look like?
- How can you be more aware of the Holy Spirit in your life this week? What might that mean?