Summary: Understanding who the Holy Spirit is and His role in our life.
Title: Embracing the Holy Spirit
Theme: To show the importance of embracing the Holy Spirit not just as an emotional experience but as a helper, counselor, intercessor, friend
Text: John 14:1 - 18
Offering: Matthew 6:19-20 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; (20) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
It is so easy to lose sight of what happens when we give. Here on earth we see such a limited perspective on our investments in the kingdom. Yet Jesus here reminds us that when we give we are laying treasures up in heaven. So what does your treasure look like in heaven?
John 14:1-18 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. (2) In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (4) And where I go you know, and the way you know." (5) Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" (6) Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (7) "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." (8) Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." (9) Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? (10) Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. (11) Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. (12) "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (13) And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (14) If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (15) "If you love Me, keep My commandments. (16) And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, counselor, Helper, Friend), that He may abide with you forever-- (17) the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. (18) I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
The Spirit of Pentecost
Pentecost – 50 Penta = 5 costie – 10th power
On Pentecost God wrote is law on the tablets of stone, on the day of Pentecost , 50 days after the resurrection God poured out his Spirit on tablets of flesh.
Today commemorates Pentecost Sunday. Over 2000 years ago the Lord founded set forth his church.
Acts 2:1-4 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. (2) And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. (3) And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
What happened on the day of Pentecost was there was no longer a “measure of the Holy Spirit” being poured out. IN the Old Testament there was this Holy Spirit power and prophetic ministry for only a few but now the Lord has opened this ministry and power to all. This is what Joel was saying, “upon all flesh, yours sons and your daughters, old men and young men, servants and all. Wow!
Peter reminds us that this was not just some random event that happened but that this was prophesied many years before that this was going to happen.
Joel 2:28-29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (29) And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.