Summary: Exploring the third person of the Trinity.
Here is where we are going today. We came out of a sermon series (four sermons) the last four weeks where we examined the topics that you had voted on – that you had chosen and then voted on. The top four topics each got a Sunday and then last Sunday, the #1 topic that was over 6,000 votes that was voted for was “Overcoming Struggles with Sin” or “Fighting Sin”. So at the end of that message we ended with in order to fight sin, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit; to live by the Spirit of God within us; the power of Him. So that kind of opens up a whole new door of really where we are going now for the next four weeks of “Who is the Holy Spirit?” What does he do? What is my relationship to Him and with Him? So the next four weeks, we’re going to be in this series called, “Power to Live” and we’re going to be examining the person and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Today the question for us…the message is entitled “Who is the Holy Spirit?”
Next week is “My Relationship with the Holy Spirit.”
And then we have the “Fruits of the Holy Spirit”
And then the final message, “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit”
So we’re excited to be in this today. We’re going to dig into the Bible first and really get into some verses and we’re going to be all over the place. Then if you permit me, at the end of the message, its story time, okay? So we’ve got story time coming up.
So since we’re talking about Him, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to be here. Holy Spirit, come and fill our hearts so we can hear; open our eyes so we can see; take my speech and use it for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
So the Holy Spirit…our heritage (I don’t know each one of you) but, I’m saying in general, my heritage is from that I grew up the first ten years of my life was in this area and the way that I grew up and the brand of Christianity that I was around had a certain way of looking at the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the activities of the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t very common to hear about the Holy Spirit or to really investigate what it meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit and what were the spiritual gifts that God has given you and you’ve got to find out what those are so you can use them in the body of Christ. It wasn’t really talked about that way.
I believe that because much of what I was learning about the Spirit-filled life was a reaction against charismatic teaching thought. Here’s what I mean. There’s a charismatic movement in evangelical Christianity and they would speak in tongues and have various manifestations of the Holy Spirit, they would say. It got really weird with some people. People were rolling around in the ground and as a reaction against that, I think, the reaction was too far to really to limit the person and the work of the Holy Spirit in my neat little box because the crazy charismatic’s over here kind of wanted us to do that. Maybe you need another example of crazy charismatics. So I’m going to give you a clip. Hit the lights back there. This is my good friend, Benny Hinn, healing people and hitting them with the power of the Holy Spirit. It just happens to be with his suit coat. So take a look.