God The Holy Spirit part 2-1
Sermon Summary
This message continues the teaching on God The Holy Spirit and ends this particular series. Before continuing the conversation on what The Holy Spirit does in our lives, Pastor Larry discusses the question of when a person receives The Holy Spirit and what the concept of Baptism of The Holy Spirit means. The last half of the sermon discusses how The Holy Spirit empowers, gives hope and comfort, speaks, sends, gives gifts, and seals our salvation. Of course there’s so many other things He does in our lives, but time simply did not permit a full study of everything. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you. God Bless You!

Community Group Discussion Guide
1. Pastor Larry shared about a time The Holy Spirit spoke to his heart and led him to pull off the interstate as a flat bed truck passed him carrying an unsecured steel stake. A few feet ahead the truck went over a dip in the interstate and the stake flew off and landed in the lane Pastor Larry would have been in. Can you share a time The Holy Spirit has spoken to your heart and directed you in some way?

2. We receive The Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus as our Savior. However, being filled or baptized with The Holy Spirit needs to happen on a daily basis as we yield every aspect of our life to Him. Explain some of the areas of our lives we need to allow The Holy Spirit to control and why it’s not always easy to yield these areas to Him.
Gal 5:13  You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love.
Gal 5:14  The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Gal 5:15  If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Gal 5:16  So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
Gal 5:17  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

3. Explain a time when God The Holy Spirit gave you hope and comfort in a difficult situation. Your story might help someone else who is struggling with a similar situation.
2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

4. The Scripture states The Holy Spirit gives each believer the gifts he or she needs to accomplish God’s will. Do you know what your spiritual gifts are and how has God used those gifts in your life to help you share His love with others?
1 Corinthians 12:4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.


Full Sermon Notes
God The Holy Spirit Part 2

The song we just sang says “I surrender all!” If we are going to allow God to be God for us and if we are going to allow His Holy Spirit to fill us, guide us, and teach us, we must be totally surrendered.   

Let's pray and ask God to teach us about His Spirit today.
"Father God, we ask that Your Holy Spirit teach us today. Inspire us today. Counsel us today. Convict us, if need be, of any area of our life that needs correction or improvement. Empower us. Fill us. Use us for Your work and Your glory! Anoint me today to speak Your words and anoint those who listen that they will hear Your words. I desire to be hidden in order that You may be clearly seen! I thank You for hearing this prayer and for granting this prayer, for it is in the precious name of Jesus that I pray and believe. Amen.

Last week we talked about who The Holy Spirit is and we began talking about what The Holy Spirit does. Today we're going to continue that conversation. The insights we gain today will have a great impact on our lives if we apply them. I want to begin by reading you a passage of Scripture we read last week. Jesus, just before ascending back to heaven, spoke to His disciples concerning the promise He had given them about His Holy Spirit. Listen to His words in Acts 1:4-8.

Acts 1:4 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.”

We learned last week that the Holy Spirit is not some impersonal force or substance, but He is in fact the third Person of the Holy Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit! We say the third Person of the Holy Trinity, but the Holy Trinity is not like a hierarchy, but a beautiful circle of perfect harmony and unity in purpose and power, and make no mistake about The Holy Spirit, He is awesome in power, because He is The Holy Spirit of God almighty! And He brings that awesome power into our lives in many ways. Now, just before we continue our conversation on what the Holy Spirit does and how He brings that power to bear in our lives, I want to point out a couple of truths to you concerning The Holy Spirit.

First of all, Jesus told the disciples they would be baptized with The Holy Spirit. He also said, "when the Holy Spirit comes on you…"  So I want to talk to you just a moment about when the Holy Spirit comes on a person, and what baptism of The Holy Spirit is all about. A person receives the Holy Spirit when they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, not at some later time or as some refer to as "the second blessing." Now someone might ask why it's different for us than it was for the disciples.
The disciples had trusted in Jesus to be their Savior, and they knew Him personally when He was here on earth in the flesh. But it wasn't until the end of His earthly ministry that Jesus imparted the Holy Spirit to them. He had lived WITH them, but now that He was leaving physically, He was going to live IN them by way of His Holy Spirit! Jesus tried to explain this to them and they were troubled. Listen to Jesus' words to them in John 16:6 and following...

John 16:6 Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief.
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.
8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;
10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;
11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.
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.
14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.

In John 20:21-22 we read these words...

John 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

So for the disciples, they had known Jesus in the flesh, but now He was giving them The Holy Spirit to live in them. They wouldn't fully understand or realize this new way of experiencing Jesus until the day of Pentecost. For us today, we receive The Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus as our Savior. Why? Because The Holy Spirit is The Spirit of Jesus and that's how Jesus comes into our hearts!
Listen to this verse in Romans 8:9...

Romans 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive 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 through his Spirit, who lives in you.

So you receive The Holy Spirit when you receive Jesus as your Savior. Now what about this baptism of The Spirit? Jesus had already given them His Holy Spirit, but it wasn't until the Day of Pentecost they experienced what it means to be filled with The Holy Spirit.

 Commentator William Hull put it this way...

"…what had begun as a gentle 'breath' now became 'like a mighty wind' impelling the disciples to a fearless public witness!"

So when you put your faith and trust in Jesus and ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and to become your Lord, He does so by coming into your life by way of His Holy Spirit!
As you grow and mature in your faith you begin learning what it means to allow The Holy Spirit to fill you or "baptize" you with His presence, His power, His person! In other words you begin desiring for God to Baptize you with all things God!!! Baptize me with Your ways, instead of the worlds ways! Baptize me with Your ways, not my ways! No let me explain something to you…being filled with the Holy Spirit is not you getting more Spirit, but allowing the Spirit to get more of you. What do you mean? I mean, letting the Holy Spirit, who lives in your heart, letting Him flow out of your heart into your mind, into your attitudes, into your actions, into your relationships, into your marriage, into your parenting, into your career, into your schooling, into your free time, into your finances, and even into your Facebook and twitter! Wait a minute. Is Jesus on Facebook? How do you friend Jesus on Facebook? How about letting His Holy Spirit help you decide what to post or not to post. What to comment on and the spirit in which you do so.

How about letting The Holy Spirit guide your whole internet experience. Where you will go and where you will absolutely not go! Why? Because a person baptized or filled with The Holy Spirit of Jesus, wants to honor God with every single aspect of their life! Not just on Sundays, not just at small group, not just in public, but in private as well! So baptism, or being filled with the Spirit should be a daily thing.  If you are a believer, you've already received Him, He resides within you. The question is this. Will you allow Him to fill you daily?

And what happens when we are baptized or filled with The Holy Spirit? What does that do for us, or we should say, what does He do for us? We talked last week about three benefits that come our way when we allow The Holy Spirit to fill us, He...

Convicts us
Counsels us
Teaches us

He convicts us of our sin and our need for a Savior. He gives us Godly counsel when we need advice, and He teaches us how to live our lives for God. There's so many other ways in which The Holy Spirit works in our lives when we allow Him to fill us. If you missed last week, catch the pod or vid cast! We will finish our message today by touching on just a few of the ways in which God The Holy Spirit works in our lives when we allow Him to!

The Holy Spirit Empowers

Acts 1:8 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.”

I don't know about you, but I need the Holy Spirit's power every day. My power is so weak in so many ways. I need the power of The Holy Spirit not only to be a witness with my words, but even more so to be a witness with my life! I believe it is only through the power of The Holy Spirit we can live a Godly life that can be a good example to our neighbors, our children, our co-workers, etc. I love the way Paul put it in his letter to the Thessalonians...

1 Thessalonians 1:3 We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,
5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.
6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.
7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.
8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,
9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

You know, I hope that Northshore Church could receive a letter like that from Paul! Amen. That we are a people living by the power of The Holy Spirit and our lives are making a difference in our community and world. Paul also made this comment to his young apprentice, Timothy...

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,
9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

But we need not only the power of The Holy Spirit. We need His Hope!

The Holy Spirit Gives Hope!

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever felt like you had no hope? No chance for things to get better? No possibility for true happiness? No real hope for purpose in this life? Not even any hope for eternity? God is the God of the blessed hope! The know so hope! The hope that is sure! This hope flows into our hearts by way of God The Holy Spirit! And since The Holy Spirit is The Spirit of God and is God, then all of the verses in Scripture about God can also be applied to The Holy Spirit! So I can tell you the hope the Holy Spirit brings us comes with the comfort of God Almighty.

2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

The Holy Spirit Speaks!

Have you ever been in a situation where you really needed the guidance of The Holy Spirit in what to say? A critical situation where you know a wrong word could be devastating. If we have asked Him to fill us and we are depending on His wisdom, not our own, He will guide us. He will even speak through you in certain circumstances. Jesus, talking about the end times and a Christian arrested for living for Jesus, said this in Mark 13:11...

Mark 13:11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

And I love the way Paul put it in 1 Cor 2:12-13

1 Corinthians 2:12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.

The Holy Spirit Sends!

Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
4 The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.
5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.

When you allow The Holy Spirit to fill you, He will send you on a mission! It may be across the lake, or across the oceans, or across the yard, or across the hall, or across the table. Yes, it may be someone in your immediate family that needs to see the witness of God in your life.

The Holy Spirit Gives Gifts!

1 Corinthians 12:4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.
13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

If you've received Jesus as your Savior, you have received The Holy Spirit and if you've received The Holy Spirit then you've received gifts from The Holy Spirit! Here's a question for you. Are you allowing The Holy Spirt to use your God-given gifts to build God's Kingdom? Do you even know what your gifts are? Ask The Holy Spirit to reveal them to you and then ask Him to inspire you to use those gifts to make a difference in this old world!


The Holy Spirit Seals!

Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

What a beautiful thing The Holy Spirit does for us. He seals our salvation. It's a done deal. Satan can't steal it from us! The world can't take it from us! Sickness or death can't destroy it! In fact nothing can separated us from our Salvation in Christ once we receive it!

I will end today's message with two three sixteens! John 3:16 and then Ephesians 3:16-21!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 3:16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Story of The Holy Spirit speaking to my heart about hurting people, and the time He spoke to my heart and literally saved my life on the interstate. Listen to the podcast for these two illustrations!