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God the Holy Spirit “Our Source”

Text: John 16:5 – 15
 5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’
 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me;
 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 
14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

Introduction – Today will be an overview of how involved The Holy Spirit is in our Salvation and the daily expression of our relationship in Christ.
Here are two passages to confirm just who The Holy Spirit is;

2 Corinthians 13:14  
 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

  Matthew 28:19
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 The 3rd member of the Trinity, God!

Beginning next week we will look at the work of
 The Holy Spirit in this time of history.
It will help us all!!  
Here we go for today;


How has the Holy Spirit been involved in the believer’s life?

1.Born of the Spirit
John 3:6
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, 
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

2.Sealed by the Spirit
Ephesians 1:13
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth,
 the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, 
you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

3.Purified by the Spirit
Acts 15: 8 – 9 
8 So God, who knows the heart, 
acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit,
 just as He did to us, 
9 and made no distinction between us and them,
 purifying their hearts by faith.

4.Filled by the Spirit
Acts 2:4 
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5.Anointed by the Spirit
1 John 2:20
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One,
 and you know all things.

6.Moved by the Holy Spirit
2 Peter 1:21
21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, 
but holy men of God spoke as they were moved 
by the Holy Spirit.

Conclusion – Thank God the Holy Spirit for His transforming work in our lives. 



God the Holy Spirit
Our Source
August 18, 2019
God the Holy Spirit
Our Source
part two
August 25, 2019
God the Holy Spirit part 2
Text: John 16: 5 – 15 
5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

Introduction:
  Last week we began a look at the wonderful ministry toward the church
of God the Holy Spirit.
 Today we will begin a study on how The Holy Spirit supports the
Believer as our “Comforter”, 

1 Corinthians 1: 3 – 4
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,


I. “Helper”
A.Romans 8: 26 – 27 
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

B.The Helper brings Comfort.

C.“Intercessor” - prays for our needs!!!

II. “Advocate”
A.John 14:26
 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

B.The Advocate brings instruction, guidance, and defense. 


III. “Ability” 
A.Acts 1:8
 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

B. ”The Power of the Holy Spirit gives one the ability and stamina 
to strengthen our relationship with Christ.

C.The ability even aids in our witnessing to others. 

IV. “Discipline”
A.2 Timothy 1: 6 – 7
6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

B.“sound mind” – the peace that results in personal self-control,
discipline, and spiritual improvement.

Conclusion – Please God help us embrace Your Spirit in our lives!!!


God the Holy Spirit
Our Source
part three
August 25, 2019
September 1, 2019
 The Holy Spirit part 3

Text: 
John 16:8 
8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Introduction – Conviction –“a formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal defense, personal guilt, a realization one cannot save themselves.” 
One of the most important ministries of The Holy Spirit is to convict of sin.
 As we have seen the definition of conviction, let’s learn how the Holy Spirit aids us with our sin;

The key as it concerns us is how do we respond to conviction, (awareness)?

I. Put dealing with it till Later

A. Acts 24:24 – 25
 24 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”

B. Tomorrow can always seem better!!!  



II. Being Almost Ready to Believe Truth

A. Acts 26:27 -29 
27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.”
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
29 And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”

B. Conviction points us to the fact of our need but only belief will remove the guilt.

   C. Hebrews 3:16 -19 Unbelief destroys faith!!!!!
 16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.



III. We Can Properly Repent of Our Personal Guilt
A. 2 Samuel 12:7and 13 
7Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

David never said I will deal with the sin later nor did he say he was almost convinced of his need. He simply said, “I AM Guilty”

B. The Holy Spirit reveals our need.
 God has made provision to meet our need.

c. I John 2: 1- 2 Christ will meet our NEED! Believe. 
2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Conclusion – Is God’s light shining on something in particular in your life today?
Thank the Holy Spirit and take proper action, it is the perfect time!!!

God the Holy Spirit part four
Text: John 16:8
 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Introduction; God the Holy Spirit also came to convince and /or remind believers to never stop pursuing “Righteousness” (Holiness). 
Why do we need to pursue God’s presence in a personal way?
Three different passages in Isaiah give us a good look at our need;

Isaiah 6:5 
5 So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

Isaiah 46:12
12 “Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted,
Who are far from righteousness:

 Isaiah 64:6 
But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.

 Just how does The Holy Spirit aid us in our pursuit of “Righteousness”?

I. Helps Us Understand God’s Expectations
A. Leviticus 11:45
45 For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt,
 to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

B. 1 Peter 1: 15 – 16
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

C. Ephesians 1:3 – 7 
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace


II. Helps Us See Expectations Become Reality
A. Psalms 24: 3 - 4
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.

B.1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

C. James 4:8 
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

​III. Helps Us Embrace Daily Purpose
A. Hebrews 12:14
14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

B. Matthew 5:3 – 10 
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the [a]earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

C. James 1: 19 – 20
19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Conclusion – Thank You Holy Spirit for your perfect ministry to US!







God the Holy Spirit
Our Source
part four
September 8, 2019
God the Holy Spirit
Our Source
part five
September 15, 2019
God the Holy Spirit part five
Text: John 16: 8 – 11
8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Introduction – We have looked at many ways the Holy Spirit Blesses 
our life “in Christ”.
Today will be our last of the look on the Holy Spirit. 
The text points out three main points and a choice. 
“Sin” (Adam),
 “Righteousness” (Christ), and
 “Judgement” (Satan), 
We can be convinced of our sin, accept the Righteousness of Christ or face judgement with Satan. The Holy Spirit will be there to help us do the right thing if we obey!!! 
Let us be reminded that God always judges evil, (sin);

I. Removal from the Garden
A.Genesis 2:8 
8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

B.Genesis 3:23 – 24 
23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

II. The Flood 
A.Genesis 7: 23 -24
 23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.

III. The Languages 
A.Genesis 11:1 
11 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.

Genesis 11: 5 – 8  
   5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.  

IV. Sodom and Gomorrah
A.Genesis 19:27 – 29
 27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 Then he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace. 29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt.

Conclusion – Remember The Holy Spirit is trying to help us make the right choice
But if one does not, Judgement is real.

Satan, evil will be judged! 
Revelation 20: 10
 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

All who make the wrong choice will be judged!! 
Revelation 20: 15 
15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

 Let all of us chose Christ!!! 


  Sermon - “Crossroads”

Text: Jeremiah 6:16
 16 Thus says the Lord:
“Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Introduction – Robert Frost wrote a famous poem “A Road Not Traveled” 
the last verse is as follows: 

“I Shall be telling this with a sigh,
  Somewhere in ages hence;
  Two roads diverged in the woods, and I ---
  I took the one less traveled by,
 and that Has made all the difference …” 

Jeremiah gave a similar decision to his people and we too can learn how to take the right paths;

I. Stop and Look Around
A.“Stand in the Way and see…”
B.How am I doing Spiritually?
C.How is my family doing, what is our focus?
D.Philippians 2:12 
 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;


 Psalms 46:10
 10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

II. Ask For God’s Direction (renewal)
A.Remember when God’s Blessings were so close;
A. Embrace God’s Word, 
 2 Timothy 3:16 – 17
 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 Psalms 119:89
 89 Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven.

B. Honoring the Souls Transformation,
 John 3:3
  3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

 Mark 8: 36 – 37
 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

C. Living in the Grace and Holiness of God. 
1 Peter 1:13 – 16 
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Hebrews 12:14
 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:


III. Obedience has great rewards
A.“and walk in it and you will find rest for your souls…”

B.Acts 5:29 
29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.  

 1 Samuel 15:22
22 So Samuel said:
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.

C.The sad part of this Bible lesson is the people Jeremiah was teaching would not take the old paths!!!

D.Will we look around at our souls and take proper action?

Conclusion – Repeat Robert Frost Verses from introduction.

“I Shall be telling this with a sigh,
  Somewhere in ages hence;
  Two roads diverged in the woods, and I ---
  I took the one less traveled by,
 and that Has made all the difference …” 

Crossroads
September 22, 2019