God The Holy Spirit
Message Summary
This message continues our series on The Holy Trinity. In this message we begin our look at God The Holy Spirit. Our God is one God, but we know Him in three ways. He is one God, but three persons. We've talked about God The Father and God The Son. Today we will talk about God The Holy Spirit. Our text is found in the book of Romans chapter 5:1-5. It not only showcases The Holy Trinity, it also showcases how God works in our lives when we place our faith and trust in Him. We will examine who The Holy Spirit is and what The Holy Spirit does! This will be the first part of at least a two part message within our series.

Community Group Discussion Guide
1. Brother Larry shared that because God has filled our hearts with His love by The Holy Spirit we can even rejoice in our sufferings. Is it easy for you to rejoice in times of sufferings?

2. Why is it wrong to refer to The Holy Spirit as "it" rather than "He"?
Romans 5:5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of The Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!

3. The Holy Spirit convicts us our sin and of our need for a Savior! How has God used His Holy Spirit to convict you and draw you away from sin and to Himself?
John 16:7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
John 16:8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
John 16:9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;

4. Share a time when The Holy Spirit has been your teacher.
John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all 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.
John 16:14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.


 Full Sermon Notes

I believe in God the Father, I believe in Christ His Son, I believe in the Holy Spirit, our God is three in one! Thank you Lord for the Holy Trinity. We know God as Father, we know God through His Son, and we experience God in our daily lives through His precious Holy Spirit! Let's pray as we get ready to learn about God The Holy Spirit!

Father God, thank You for creating us and breathing into us the very breath of life! Thank you for Your willingness to come to this world and take on human flesh as God the Son, and give Your life for us! Thank you for not leaving us alone when You ascended back to heaven! You sent us Your Holy Spirit to live in our hearts and to walk with us as we live out our lives in this world! God you know the struggles we face in this life. The disappointments, the attacks from the enemy, the temptations from the flesh, the fears of uncertainty, the sadness of the loss of loved ones, difficulties in relationships, and just knowing how to make the right decisions we are faced with on a daily basis. But we are not left alone to face these things. You, oh God, are with us every moment and every step of the way! And what since of peace and relief that brings to our hearts!! I pray you will let the message today teach us and empower us to live lives that overcome anything thrown at us! Fill me with Your precious Holy Spirit and anoint the words that are spoken today. Let me fade into the background and allow Your glory to come to the forefront of every thing that is said and done here today! Thanks for hearing and answering this prayer, In Jesus Name I pray and believe!!

We have just today's message and next week's message to finish our series on The Holy Trinity! Our God is One God, but we know Him in three ways. He is One God, but three persons. We've talked about God The Father and God The Son. Today we will talk about God The Holy Spirit. Let's read our text together. It's found in the book of Romans chapter 5:1-5. It not only showcases The Holy Trinity, it also showcases how God works in our lives when we place our faith and trust in Him.
Let's read these five verses...

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ok, let's hold up just a minute. Did you notice the word "Therefore?" In other words, something had come before this verse and because of what had come before, something else was made possible. The therefore in this verse points to the first 4 chapters of the book of Romans. In those four chapters, the justification of God's people through the death of God the Son had been explained. And now, because of our faith in that justification, we have peace with God. In other words I don't have to worry every day whether I've done enough good deeds to justify myself! I am justified by Jesus and His perfect life, not by my perfect life, because my life is not perfect! And while I want to be more like Jesus every day, and desire to live a life that lets others see Jesus, as the old hymn says, "my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus, blood and His righteousness!"

Let's read that verse again and continue...

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Did you see that? We rejoice in the hope of the Glory of God, but we can even rejoice in our sufferings! Now I know that rejoicing is not the first thing you think of when you have to endure suffering, but when we believe and trust that God is big enough, and strong enough and wise enough to take anything that comes our way and make good come from it, we rejoice in that! Even if it is at first a bad thing, our God is an awesome God and nothing Satan can drum up can destroy the work God is doing in our lives unless we choose not to place our trust in God the Father through faith in God The Son, Jesus! Remember, God the Son, came to show us the love of The Father, the knowledge and wisdom of The Father, the mercy of The Father, and the power of The Father. He showed us by becoming the living proof of God's love, His wisdom, His mercy and His power. And as our verse just said, this gives us hope. And when we suffer, even that suffering produces perseverance, and perseverance produces character and character produces hope. But how is that possible? How can this be. Maybe for the disciples, they had Jesus. They had hope because of what they had seen, witnessed, and experienced. How can our suffering produce hope these many years after Jesus? The secret is in verse five...

Romans 5:5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

God has poured out His love into our hearts by The Holy Spirit. Poured out! Not sprinkled, not measured out carefully in little small increments. Poured out upon us!
So this begs at least two questions.
First of all Who is The Holy Spirit, and secondly, what does The Holy Spirit do?

Who is The Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of The Holy Trinity! He is the Spirit of God. Listen to this conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well...

John 4:19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

Another wonderful example of The Holy Trinity, but also, a clear word that The Holy Spirit is God. He is God's Spirit. That's why I don't refer to the Spirit as "It", but "He." He is not a substance, or a thing, He is the third person of God! Another example of who He is is found in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20...

1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Let me just share with you one other Scripture to show you that The Holy Spirit is The Spirit of Almighty God. Here's what God spoke to Israel in Ezekiel chapter 36:26-28...

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
28 You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

Ok, so now that we know who God The Holy Spirit is, we need to look at what He does. But before we look at what The Holy Spirit does for us, I want you to understand something very important. As I've already mentioned we've previously talked about how Jesus showed us the True God and the True life. We talked about how Jesus lived the life that is truly life. He was perfect in every way. He overcame every temptation thrown at Him. He overcame every disappointment! He even overcame death and the grave. Now I know you might be tempted to say, "Well of course He did, He was God The Son!" And I would say, "yes He was, but there was a secret to His life and He wanted us to get in on the secret. Listen as God's Word reveals the secret to Jesus' life Mark 1:9ff...

Mark 1:9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert,
13 and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Jesus was God The Son, but He lived His life just like He wants us to live our lives, under the leadership of The Holy Spirit of God! This was truly Jesus' secret power. Right after He faced the temptations of Satan in the desert He quoted an Old Testament passage to reveal His secret. Listen…Luke 4:13-21

Luke 4:13-21 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
15 He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.
17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him,
21 and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

And what did Jesus tell His disciples to do just before He ascended back to heaven?
Acts 1:1-9

Acts 1:1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
6 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you!
What is this power? What does this power do? What does this power accomplish? Let me tell you the power of the Holy Spirit is stronger than any force known to humankind!!
The list of what the Holy Spirit uses His power for in our lives is long. We'll start the list, but will not finish it until next weeks message, but please hear me on this. What I'm going to share with you is truly the secret to living life in this world. The truths of today's message and next week will be some of the most practical truth you've ever learned. The applications to everything you are facing or will face in life are mind blowing.
Let's begin our look at the list of work The Holy Spirit does...

I'm going to give you the list, but don't worry, we're not going to cover the whole list today. This is a two part message within the series. So let me share with you a partial list. It's pretty epic...

The Holy Spirit:
Gives Discernment



Gives Gifts





Just a couple for today...

The Holy Spirit Convicts

He convicts of our sin. He convicts of our need for a Savior. This happened to some of the very people who had played a role in the crucifixion of Jesus when Peter preached on the day of Pentecost. Listen, Acts 2:36-39

Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off —for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

The Holy Spirit convicts and that's different from condemning. The Holy Spirit will convict us when we are about to do something wrong, when we are doing something wrong, or when we've done wrong in order to draw us away from destruction to forgiveness and healing. When you've done something wrong and you begin feeling as if God would never forgive you, never hear your prayers, never love you again or never give you another chance, that's not conviction. That's Satan's condemnation. He's trying to destroy you. The Holy Spirit is trying to save you!

The Holy Spirit Counsels

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to 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 be in you.

Anybody in here ever need Godly counsel? I sure do and the Holy Spirit will give you that Godly Counsel and let me make sure you know this. The Holy Spirit will never contradict the principles of God's Word! I've had people tell me they felt led of the Holy Spirit to do something God's Word forbids!

That's not the Holy Spirit. He will never lead you to go against the Word and wisdom of God! The Holy Spirit is a perfect counselor and never makes a mistake. The Holy Spirit works in tandem with the laws and principles of God's Word. In fact, listen to this Old Testament Scripture…

Psalm 119:23 Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.
25 I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.
26 I recounted my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees.
27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.

And if you question my belief that The Holy Spirit works in conjunction with the Word of God, let me tell you the next thing on our list as far as things The Holy Spirit does. In fact this comes to us from the very lips of Jesus, who just happens to be the Living Word!

The Holy Spirit Teaches

John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

The question is are we willing to allow the Holy Spirit to teach us. Are we willing to listen to Him. Are we willing to study and learn the teachings of Jesus so The Holy Spirit will have something to remind us of?

You know, the Psalmist sure made his mistakes, but he also sure wanted God to teach him. Listen to his heart's cry in Psalm 51...

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

The Psalmist knew that life without the Holy Spirit of God would be a devastating and scary thing! He didn't want to face life without the conviction, the counsel, and the teaching of the Holy Spirit of God. I agree with the Psalmist 100%.

And that last part is amazing!! If you allow God The Holy Spirit to teach you, then He will use you to teach others. And I'm going to tell you, the joy that comes when God uses you to teach someone else about Jesus and they turn their life around, it's a joy unspeakable.

I will close by reading you a portion of a letter written by a four time felon, who I had the privilege of leading to faith in Jesus. He is one of my dearest brothers in Christ and truly lives for Jesus on a daily basis. He was formally a member of the devil's disciples motorcycle gang in Birmingham, Al. Listen...

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