Summary: This sermon proves that the Holy Spirit is God, sent by Jesus, and lives within every Christian (acknowledgement Dr. Henry Schorr, Centre Street Church)
o Good morning. For those who are new here welcome to Calvary
o o The church is not a place to come to but a place to belong to
o Were in a series called what we believe
o What it is Christians believe about God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit
o Over the next several weeks were going to look at the Holy Spirit
o o A few years ago I had the privilege to speak to my extended family at my dad’s funeral
o At the time I had not lived in Windsor for thirty years
o I had not given much thought to how big the extended family was
o I really had almost forgot that I have 35 first cousins
o At the funeral message there were about 100 people in the room
o It was a serious message
o My nephew said why does Uncle Randy always go for the jugular
o But I believe it was suitable for the occasion
o More importantly I sensed the Holy Spirit calling me to give a straight forward salvation message
o Just a story about why I believed my dad was now in heaven
o Now I had never given a message to my entire family
o When you give the family that type of message your attacked
o I was attacked by a tremendous darkness (forces of wickedness)
o I felt incompetent and fearful to deliver such a message
o It would have been easier to give a message on love and kindness
o That message would not have been a lie because my dad was a kind and loving man
o What if I had not correctly heard the Holy Spirit that night?
o I started out by telling them about the late faith of my dad who at 72 turned his heart to Christ
o Once I started speaking the fear was lifted, words flowed off the page, and hearts were changed that evening for all eternity
o I felt unusual liberty
o At the conclusion I clearly showed them from Romans how believing in Jesus would give eternal life
o As the message’s conclusion my cousin beckoned me to come to the glass door and have a look outside
o Peggy pointed to the most spectacular double rainbow I have ever seen
o It was a sign and confirmation of God speaking through his word and nature
o That night my niece and her husband Sheri and Dennis gave their hearts to Jesus
o What if I had not been led by the Holy Spirit to deliver that message?
o I may have never known the joy of seeing their lives transformed and hearing their testimonies
o Sheri and Dennis had lost it all
o This was their second marriage
o Their children, 12 and 10, were in foster care
o The bank had repossessed their home
o They were alcoholics
o They were cocaine drug addicts
o They were gamblers
o Their marriage was finished
o Recently I sent an email to Sheri asking her how they were doing spiritually
o Here is how she responded
o It only gets better. 2007 was a very blessed year for my family and I.
o We continue to grow stronger and stronger in our faith.
o We don’t worry too much about what will happen next, we know it’s in God’s loving hands.
o We know he will provide. We know because he promised. He always comes through, gets us through. He has a plan, we just follow.
o We just had dinner with Pastor Glenn and Wendy and asked them if we could start another Bible Study