Summary: God’s desire is that this latter day’s church would be greater in glory and power than the church was in the book of Acts. This will happen when we experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives today.
REVIVAL #2: THE FULLNESS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
OPENING TEXT: Review “The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former.” (Haggai 2:9).
• The Lord declared that the glory of the latter church would be greater than the former.
THE BIG IDEA: God’s desire is that this latter day’s church would be greater in glory and power than the church was in the book of Acts. This will happen when we begin to seek and experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives today.
KEY TEXT: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away…” (John 16:7a).
• Today we want to consider the significance of this, Jesus’ most shocking statement:
• The Bible tells us “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, who went around doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38).
• How could Jesus then say that it was to the disciples’ advantage that He goes away?
“It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7).
• Who is this Helper? The Holy Spirit!
• Jesus also said: (quote John 14:12)
QUOTE: “But the Spirit-filled life Christ calls us to is one of divine fullness and powerful ability to spread the love of God. He wants us to receive His power and then touch the world around us as we can only do when we have the might of the Spirit in us.” (Jack Hayford, Spirit-filled).
ILLUSTRATION: A children’s catechism class was learning the Apostles Creed. Each child had been assigned a sentence to repeat. The first one said, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” The second child said, “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son…” When he had completed his sentence, there was an embarrassing silence. Finally, one child piped up, “Teacher, the boy who believes in the Holy Spirit isn’t here.”
UNDERSTANDING THE HOLY SPIRIT.
(1) He is a Person – the third member of the Trinity. (Matt. 28:19)
- He is not a ’bird’ (dove), He is not a force/power,
- He is not a ’ghost’ (as the old King James Bible calls Him).
(2) He is a Helper – He comforts us in difficult times (John 15:26a)
(3) He reveals God’s Love to us (Romans 5:5)
(4) He makes us more like Jesus (fruit of the Spirit) (Gal. 5:22-23)
(5) He Leads and Guides our life and ministry (John 16:13)
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ACTS:
Acts 1:16: “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke…”
Acts 8:29: “Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot.”
Acts 10:19: “While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are seeking you.”
Acts 13:2: “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said…
• Over and over in the church in Acts, we see them following the leading of the Spirit.
THREE THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT:
“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; 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.” (John 14:16-17).