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PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT
ďFor God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.Ē
A lot of people donít really understand what the preached word is. Paul said this in the Bible: I donít preach with the wisdom of mans words but I preach in demonstration to the Holy Spirit of God. He said donít receive it as the word of man but as it is in truth the word of God.
So what you hear me say tonight, I donít want you to think for a minute thatís itís me. I want you to know, understand and realize that it is the preached word. A lot of people will hear the preached word and let it go in one ear and out the other. That isnít doing you any good. Iíve had people come to me after church and tell me that I got on their toes. I donít want to get on your toes. I want the word of God to get implanted in your hearts and in your soul and in your minds. This is the true word of God whether I preach it or someone else does. This is what weíre here to preach and to proclaim and it is the only thing that will change peoples lives and help people to come to know Christ better and to help us live better as Christians. We need to recognize the preached word of God as being the most special and the most sacred thing this side of heaven. Iím thankful tonight that God saw fit to call this old country boy part of the ministry. Iím thankful to be able to be just a mouth piece for him.
TEXT VERSE: Ephesians 4:30-32 ďAnd grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christís sake hath forgiven you.Ē
Paul said for us not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Now first of all you might say, ďWhat is the Holy Spirit?Ē The Holy Spirit is the third part of the God head trinity. Even though God is one, he comes in three parts. God the Father. God the Son. God the Holy Spirit. Now it started in heaven as God the Father and He sent His only begotten Son into the world to die for your sins and mine. See we couldnít pay for our own sin debt. We fell and come short of the Glory of God. Thereís no way any of us could work our way into heaven. No matter what we do or no matter how good we are or how many times we go to the house of God. Thereís no way anybody could work their way into heaven. Thank God it takes the blood of Jesus Christ. God sent his son to shed his blood on the cross of Calvary for you and I to pay our sin debt. When we accept Christ into our heart as our personal savior, then weíre sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Jesus said if I go away, Iíll send you another comforter and that comforter is the Holy Spirit. And so we have as Christians the Holy Spirit of God within us. And Paul said to not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. I want to share this with you these few verses.
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