Summary: A doctrinal sermon that is a basic outline of the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of the Christian

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4-29-2001 Loami


“Understanding the Holy Spirit”

Theme: The Holy Spirit is the Person of God that Transforms Our Lives Today

Text: Various: John 14-16

Aim: The congregation will better understand the spirit and then allow Him to work in their lives by giving themselves cooperatively to His work.


A. Great Commission and Baptismal Formula

B. Like the Great Third Wheel, uncomfortable and out of place

C. Difficulties

1. No large blocks of teaching

2. The imagery is difficult

3. The concept of the trinity.

I. The Importance of The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

A. The Holy Spirit is where the Trinity becomes personal to the Christian

B. The Holy Sprit is the person of God that is at work in our time

1. Father = Old Testament; Son=Gospels; Holy Spirit = Today

C. Our Culture is Experiential

1. Survivor, Boot Camp

II. The Identity of the Holy Spirit

A. Name

1. The Paraclete

a. Helper, one who comes alongside

2. The Holy Ghost

B. Identity

1. Not an “it” but a he.

2. Fully part of God

a. Mt. 28:18-20.

b. HS is fully God, like the Son, and the Faather.

3. Possessses a personality.

a. He can be lied to.

b. He can be grieved (Eph. 4:30)

C. In History

1. In Creation Genesis 1:2

2. In Leadership

a. Judges 6:34 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.

3. The Messiah would be blessed with the Holy Spirit

a. Is. 11: A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;

from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—

the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,

the Spirit of counsel and of power,

the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD—

3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.

4. The Promise to God’s People

a. Joel 2: 28-29

b. 28 ‘And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

5. On The Day of Pentacost

a. Acts 2:hen the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

b. The promise of God had come true. Every believer now had the holy Spirit

(1) Wind, lit. Breath, “like eden”

(2) Fire, the presence of God.

(3) Toungues, empowered to preach the gospel

III. The Industry of the Holy Spirit (What the Holy Spirit does in our lives)

A. Empowerer

1. Acts 1:8

2. The Holy Spirit is where we get our power to witness for Jesus Christ

3. Awesome power team

4. May be: boldness, endurance, gentleness

B. Indweller

1. John 14:16-17 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the 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 a in you.

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