Summary: The Holy Spirit takes an active role in the life of the Spirit filled believer to help care for their soul. He does this in many ways and His names reflect how He works in the life of the church, the believer and the unbeliever.
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Sermon Series: Soul Care and the Holy Spirit
Thesis: The Holy Spirit takes an active role in the life of the Spirit filled believer to help care for their soul. He does this in many ways and His names reflect how He works in the life of the church, the believer and the unbeliever.
15“If you love me, you will obey what I command.
16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—
17the 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.
18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
John 14: 25-27:
25“All this I have spoken while still with you.
26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
As I have studied the Holy Spirit and observed the work of the Holy Spirit. I continue to be amazed at this 3rd person of the Trinity.
I really want us as a church to go deeper in our understanding of the work and the role of the Holy Spirit in soul care.
As I look at the church in the United States today and if many of us honestly looked at the lives of professing Christians we would say, “Something is missing in the church of America?”
How many of you would agree with me on this inner thought or pondering question?
I read of famous Christian musician who just became an atheist. I saw how people wanted to blame other Christians and blame the church. I really believe the problem is the condition of the soul and the seemingly missing God in their lives - “The Holy Spirit.’
Charles Spurgeon preached a great sermon years ago about how people want to do church and Christianity without the Holy Spirit! I look around today and see many Christians and Churches trying to live a spirit filled life without the Holy Spirit! The Bible says, “This will not work!” What will happen is you will burn out, flame out, fall into sin and even deny God’s existence. Why? Because you have denied the important role of the Holy Spirit in your life and within your soul. Many want religion without God’s Spirit, a church without the Spirit and God’s presence. Some feel that manmade programs and entertainment are what the church needs not the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Francis Chan stated, “If I were Satan and my ultimate goal was to thwart God’s kingdom and purposes, one of my main strategies would be to get churchgoers to ignore the Holy Spirit.”