Summary: This sermon deals with how to be filled / led by the Holy Spirit.
“Our Power for Life” – Being Spirit filled / led.
Main text: Ephesians 5:13-21
As we continue in our series, today we look at our third message entitled “Our Power for Life” – Being Spirit filled / led. As our series has unfolded, we began with the first building block – “Our New Life.” It was a study of Jesus as he asked the question, “Who do you say I am? Our new life starts with Jesus. The second message block was entitled “Our Book for Life.”
Understanding the Bible and applying its truth into our lives is essential. It was a practical message on how to understand the Bible. Again today, we look at “Our Power for Life.” Without the Spirit of God working in us and through us, we are literally lost and ineffective. Let’s examine four questions that will change our lives:
Why do we need the Spirit?
1. To understand God’s Word – 1 Cor. 2:14
14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Last week we learned that in order to understand the scripture, we must have the Spirit. It is the Spirit that opens our mind and allows us to understand and apply it into our heart and life.
2. To become a Christian – 1 Cor. 2:14, John 3:5, Matt. 16:17
Paul instructs us that without the Sprit at work in our life, we are unable to be a Christian. Jesus told Nicodemus that with the Spirit, we cannot be born again. Jesus told Peter after he answered the question, “Who do you say I am?” that his answer was correct because the Spirit of God revealed the truth that Jesus was the Messiah – the Christ. Without the Spirit speaking to us – drawing us to God, we would not be believers.
1 Corinthians 12:3 3Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
John 3:5 5Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
Matthew 16:17 17Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.
3. To have the power to live & fulfill our commission – Acts 1:4-8
Within ourselves, we do not have the ability to live the Christian life. We cannot become like Jesus on our own. We must have God infill us in order to live as we should and be what God requires. Our Heavenly Father, knowing our need, gave us the Spirit to empower us so that we could live and fulfill our commission. Jesus instructed his disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit.
4On 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. 5For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
6So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"