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October 23, 2016 Speaker: Dan Davis Series: God in Me

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: 1 Chronicles 6:19, Ephesians 1:13, John 14:14–14:17, John 15:26, John 16:7–16:11, John 16:8

Challenge Me

Week two in a series about the Holy Spirit—what the Bible teaches about Him and who He wants to be for us.

"God in Me": Three Essential Truths about the Holy Spirit

(1) The Holy Spirit is a Person.

(2) The Holy Spirit is God.

(3) The Holy Spirit is in you as a Christian.

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,

John 14:12-17 NIV

12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bein you.

John 15:26 NIV

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.

John 16:7-11 NIV

7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

John 16:8 NLT

8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.

The Convicting Work of the Holy Spirit

"He will convict the world of its sin, and of God's righteousness, and of the coming judgment." (John 16:8 NLT)

> The word “righteousness” tells us that God has a standard of moral perfection.
> The word “sin” tells us that every single person fails to live up to that standard.
> The word “judgment” tells us that there are eternal consequences because of our sin.

The passages in John show us that the Holy Spirit not only points out our problem (sin, righteousness, judgment), but He also points us to a solution—Jesus Christ and His Gospel for us. This is the real, truthful, unseen, challenging, and life-changing work of the Holy Spirit.

The Tough-Love, Truth-Telling Work of the Holy Spirit

For non-Christians, the Holy Spirit draws them to Jesus.
reality of a relationship with Him (do I have one or not?)

For Christians, the Holy Spirit points them back to Jesus or leads them closer to Jesus.
quality of a relationship with Him (how good is it?)

Trusting Jesus for our salvation is the biggest decision of faith we’ll ever make, but it’s not the final decision of faith we’ll ever make. We still need to respond when the Holy Spirit speaks His tough-love truth into our lives.

The Spirit of Truth and You

How is the Holy Spirit speaking truth into your life?
What area of your life is He addressing?
What Scripture is He bringing to mind?
How does He want you to respond?

(Jesus said) "If you love me, keep my commands." (John 14:5)

Connections Questions 

Another key ministry the Holy Spirit has in our lives is His perfect ability and His loving commitment to tell us the truth at all times - always for our good and including those times we’re not really receptive to it. Pastor Dan

1. Do you say something like “to tell you the truth” or “to be honest with you” as you talk with people? Why do we use expressions like these? What are we saying about what we’ve said before and what we say after that?

2. John 15:26 says the Holy Spirit is an “advocate” like Jesus and “the Spirit of truth.” What truths did Jesus emphasize when He was on earth (examples below)? Does the Holy Spirit focus on these same truths now?

· John 8:34

· Luke 18:17

· Matthew 10:42

· Matthew 25:40

3. How did the Holy Spirit cause you to realize that you needed a Savior and that Jesus is that Savior?

4. What is it about us—even after we trust in Christ—that we still need the Holy Spirit to challenge us? What and who does He use to tell us the truth as we follow Jesus? Check out John 17:17, 2 Timothy 2:15, and Ephesians 4:15, 25.

5. What’s the difference (if there is a difference) between the Holy Spirit’s conviction and our conscience?

6. How would you finish this sentence? In my life right now the Holy Spirit is challenging me to...

 

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