Topic: Sunday Message Verse: 2 Timothy 3:1, John 16:13, Acts 5:3–5:4, 1 Chronicles 6:19, Ephesians 1:13, John 3:8, Romans 8:10–8:11
Week one in a series about the Holy Spirit—what the Bible teaches about Him and who He wants to be for us.
"God in Me": A Challenging Series about The Holy Spirit
(1) It’s challenging because of our ignorance. (“We just don’t know”)
We either never heard much (if anything) about the Holy Spirit before or we aren't very familiar with who He is.
(2) It’s challenging because of our confusion. (“We’re not quite sure”)
So many churches and denominations believe so many different things about the Holy Spirit it's hard to know which one is right for us to believe.
(3) It’s challenging because of our control. (“We can’t let go”)
This is where it gets personal, where the challenge moves from a head-issue we debate to a heart-issue we resist.
2 Timothy 3:16 NIV
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
(1) The Holy Spirit is a Person
The Holy Spirit is a Person. He is not an “it.” He’s not a “thing.” He’s not a vague, impersonal power. And He’s not “The Force” like you see in Star Wars. When you look in the Bible, you see the Scriptures show the Holy Spirit to be a Person, with all the characteristics of a living, personal, and relational Being. Because of this, we can think of the Spirit as Someone we can know, and pursue, and grow closer to over time.
John 16:13 NIV
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the 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.
(2) The Holy Spirit is God
The Holy Spirit is more than just an extension of God or a manifestation of God. The Bible teaches (and Christians throughout the centuries have affirmed) that the God the Holy Spirit along with God the Father and God the Son (Jesus Christ) make up what we know as “the Trinity”—where God exists in three Persons; each Person is fully God; and yet also there is but One God. While it's a hard concept to grasp, the Bible clearly affirms the divine nature of the Holy Spirit. Scripture says that He’s All-knowing; All-powerful; All-present; and He’s able to perform miracles that defy this natural world. These are all characteristics that are only true of God Himself.
Acts 5:3-4 NIV
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 Didnʼt it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasnʼt the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
(3) The Holy Spirit lives in you as a Christian
The same Holy Spirit present at the Creation of this world… the same Holy Spirit involved in the miraculous Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ… and the same Holy Spirit that later helped raise Jesus from the dead… THIS Holy Spirit lives in you as a believer in Jesus Christ and it’s absolutely mind-blowing and life-changing.
1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
Ephesians 1:13 NIV
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
The Seal of the Holy Spirit
Upon us hearing and responding to the Gospel, we are spiritually placed “in Christ.” And in believing in that Gospel, the promised Holy Spirit marks us with His seal of ownership, which tells us that we belong to God, both now and forever. We are His. The imagery comes from the ancient world of kings and emperors whose seal was always the final word. So it is with the King over everything—God Himself—who places His Holy Spirit within every Christian believer at the moment of their salvation, proclaiming forever that we belong to Him, and that there is no enemy too powerful, no life event too tragic, and no sin too wicked that can revoke what the God of this Universe and the God of our Salvation has already decreed.
John 3:2-8 NIV
2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their motherʼs womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spiritgives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘Youmust 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.”
What is the Kingdom of God?
The Kingdom of God is the reign of God and everything under that reign. That not only includes heaven and eternity, but it also includes portions of God’s creation here and now like The Church of Jesus Christ. We as Christians live as part of His kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.” Yet no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless they have been born again.
Romans 8:10-11 NIV.
10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 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 because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Rescued and Raised to New Life
In the same way that the Holy Spirit worked in raising Jesus from the dead, He also awakens us from our spiritual deadness to new life as well. He is the One who causes us to be born again. He is the One who makes us spiritually alive and responsive to Jesus and His Gospel. And as it says Romans 8, this same Holy Spirit lives in every believer in Jesus Christ and He gives us the power to better live for Him.
If you and I are going to experience all that God has for us in the Christian life, then the Holy Spirit needs to be part of the picture—actually a huge part of the picture. Pastor Dan
1. What’s your starting point as we begin this study of the Holy Spirit? (Check one.)
> I don’t know much about the Holy Spirit. I’m ready to learn more!
> I’m confused about the Holy Spirit. I’ve heard different things from different people.
> I was taught about the Holy Spirit, but I wonder how what I know compares to what the Bible teaches.
> I’m pretty confident in what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit, but have questions about how He works in my life.
2. If you could get an answer to one question about the Holy Spirit during this series, what would it be?
3. If the Holy Spirit is God, should we pray to Him or worship Him? Why or why not?
Psalm 48:9-10, 14
Revelation 19:4-5, 9-10
4. Read John 3:3-8 and Ephesians 2:1-5. How would you explain to a middle-schooler what it means to be "born again"?
5. Would you consider yourself "born again"? When did this happen in your life? What did you experience?