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Summary: The Second Sermon in a Three sermon series. This sermon focus is on the "Purpose" of the Holy Spirit, and covers only two area, The HS as the one who brings conviction, and the Holy Spirit Power that is available.

The Promise (part 2) The H.S. Purpose

Pastor Glenn Newton 6-1-03

JN 16:5 "Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, `Where are you

going?’ 6 Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7 But I tell you the

truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not

come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will convict the

world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 in regard to sin, because

men do not believe in me; 10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father,

where you can see me no longer; 11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this

world now stands condemned.

JN 16:12 "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But 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. 14 He will bring

glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs

to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it

known to you.


A young boy was at Disneyland enjoying Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and the rides

and the popcorn and the fanfare and didn’t notice that he had become separated from his

parents. He was enjoying the hustle and bustle of Disney life until he looked up and

discovered that his parents were not there.

Once this boy discovered he was not in fellowship with his parents anymore, Disneyland

turned into a Disney disaster. All the sudden, the cotton candy wans’t sweet, the rides

were not fun, and Mickey Mouse was no longer cute, because Mom and Dad were

nowhere to be found.

THAT’S THE GREAT TRAGEDY OF OUR WORLD: people so busy enjoying the

rides and the thrills and the bright lights that they haven’t even noticed they are not in

fellowship with God. They are so busy eating their cotton candy of life, riding the Ferris

wheel of entetainment, and going up and down the roller coaster of pleasure that they

haven’t even noticed God is not in the vicinity anymore.

That young boy at Disneyland needed to come face to face with two realities before he

could get help. First, he needed to discover he was lost. And second, he needed

somebody to lead him back to his parents.

The Bible declares that, apart from God, all people are eternally lost. They are forever

separated from the life of God. They need to know they are lost, and they need to know

the way back home.

This is where the Holy Spirit enters. He is the Champion of the lost and found. His

unique task is to bring men and women front and center before Jesus Christ: to bring the

Lost into a saving relationship with Christ and to keep the saved in constant fellowship

with Christ.

As we begin this second part of this series on “The Promise”.... Today we are

going to focus on the Purpose for which the Holy Spirit was given to us. Last week, we

talked about the Holy Spirits Presence... and how we need to walk minute by minute in

step with the Holy Spirit as He guides us, teaches and encourages us. How did your walk

go this week?

Next week we will talk about the Holy Spirit’s Provision.... All those things He produces

in our lives.... you won’t want to miss.

This morning as we turn our attention to the Purpose of the Holy Spirit... I want you to

know there is no way for me to cover all that there could be included in this subject in one

sermon, and even in 100 sermons...... So today I am going to give you two main ideas that

are connected to the purpose of the Holy Spirit.

First, the Holy Spirit is the Great Convicter.

How many of you have found this to be true in your Christian experience.... and even in

your pre-Christian experience, right?

In our passage this morning we read in verse 8 about this purpose of conviction, listen:

8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and

righteousness and judgment:

The key word is convict. This conviction is synonymous with the word

convincing. The job of the Holy Spirit is to make absolutely clear the spiritual issues of

life and to call for a decision. Are you praying for a lost loved one or friend? We should

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