Summary: The Holy Spirit is active in the care of our souls if we let Him. He wants to comfort us, lead us, guide us, direct us, teach us and empower us. He wants us to be ìChrist likeî and ìdo the work of the Kingdomî in the here and now.
Opening Video Illustration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6DtRmyx1bA
David Platt on the importance of the Holy Spirit
Series: Soul Care and the Holy Spirit
Thesis: The Holy Spirit is active in the care of our souls if we let Him. He wants to comfort us, lead us, guide us, direct us, teach us and empower us. He wants us to be ìChrist likeî and ìdo the work of the Kingdomî in the here and now.
Tag line: A Spiritless Christian will produce a Spiritless Church! A Spirit less Christian is powerless and will produce a powerless Spiritless Church. A Spiritless Christian has a Spiritless soul which craves a connection to the Holy Spirit.
15 ìIf 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 foreveró17 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. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Jesus promised not to abandon us so He sent us the Holy Spirit ñ who cares for our soul and spirits.
ì12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from Godís sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.î
This work here described in Hebrews is done by and through the Holy Spirit. It is describing the soul care process done by the Holy Spirit in conjunction with Godís Word.
Introduction to series:
The Holy Spirit played an active role in the Old Testament in the care and empowering of peoples souls. We need to look at these peopleís lives to see what the Holy Spirit did for them. What His role was in their lives. How He impacted them and even corrected them. How he empowered them for certain tasks. How He directed and guided. We need to learn from how they managed or yielded to the Holy Spirit so we do it right. We need to learn what to do and what not to do as the Holy Spirit empowers us.
Summary Sermon 1: Moses and the Holy Spirit
Last week we looked at Moses and the elders and saw how God helped them deal with the crisis of complaining and grumbling crowds of people (About 2 million people). We saw how the Holy Spirit cared for the soul of Moses when He was overwhelmed by the complaining and hostile crowds toward God. God empowered others to carry Moses load so that the people could be directed and corrected properly. We see how the Holy Spirit empowered these elders for their leadership task and we see how they were given the Holy Spirit ñ the same spirit on Moses to be able to lead. The sign of their spirit empowerment was that they prophesied ñ and declared the wonders of God, the majesty of God to a bunch of people who were complaining about God. From our Old Testament story God intervened to help Mosesí overwhelmed soul by spreading the influence and power of the Holy Spirit onto others. We also learned of Moses great prayer to Joshuaî ìAre you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORDís people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!î
That prayer came to pass in Acts 2 and we benefit from this generous act of Jesus ñ he sent us the Holy Spirit so we would not feel orphaned and he not just comes on us like He did in the Old Testament time but He will live inside of us and fill us with His presence and goodness ñ and with that comes power to change the world.
Sermon 2: Saul and the Holy Spirit
Thesis: Saul life is a tragic illustration of someone who grieved the Holy Spirit repeatedly and eventually God totally withdrew His precious Holy Spirit. After the loss of the Holy Spirit Saul becomes a depressed, jealous, fearful individual who loses it all.
Lesson from Saul: He had it all and then lost it all because of His disobedience to the word of the Lord. We learn what not to do from Saulís tragic life and death and see how serious it is to grieve the Holy Spirit through acts of sin and rebellion to God.
Sermon3: David and the Holy Spirit
Thesis: The Holy Spirit takes nobodies and makes them into somebodies and He did this with David. Itís easy to see from Davidís early life that he was a man after Godís own heart, he loved the Lord. He was also very diligent in seeking the Lordís direction in everything he did except one night! This sin with Bathsheba set David on a skid into adultery and murder. But in the end he repented of His sin from within his heart and was forgiven. Thus he earned the tile ìA Man after Godís Own Heart!î