Pneuma [The Spirit] 1 – The Person Revealed (Wind) 11/5/17 (MS)
Theology: Thinking about God
“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 (theme verse)
1. The Power of the Holy Spirit
Icon for tonight – The Wind
“The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
2. The Person of the Holy Spirit
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2
“But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged. “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.” John 16:7-14
3. The Work of the Holy Spirit
Convict (see John 16:7-11)
Comfort “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” John 14:16
Intercessor (Romans 8:26) Guide (John 16:13, 1 Corinthians 2:14)
Contribute “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23
- What has been your understanding of the Holy Spirit? How would you describe Him?
- What were some of the things that Todd said the Holy Spirit was given to us for?
- What does it mean to you that the Holy Spirit is your Helper?
- How can you be better responsive to the Holy Spirit in your life even this week?