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
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