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In Spirit and Truth

April 14, 2019 at 10:18 PM

In Spirit and Truth Slide: “There are many who believe in the gifts and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, but they don’t have a strong emphasis on Biblical teaching, nor do they look to the Word to guide their experiences with the Holy Spirit. There are many who have a strong emphasis on teaching the Word of God, but they don’t share the view that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available and valid today. In Calvary Chapel we find the teaching of the Word and an open heart to the work of the Holy Spirit. It is this balance that makes Calvary Chapel a uniquely blessed movement of God.” Chuck Smith Slide: Judges 3:10 The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel. When he went out to war, the LORD gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand, so that he prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim. Slide: Judges 6:34 So the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called together to follow him. Slide : Judges 11:29 Now the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, so that he passed through Gilead and Manasseh; then he passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he went on to the sons of Ammon. Slide : Judges 14:6 The Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily, so that he tore him as one tears a young goat though he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done. ... 19 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of them and took their spoil and gave the changes [of clothes] to those who told the riddle. And his anger burned, and he went up to his father's house. Slide: Judges 15:14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him. And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds dropped from his hands. Slide: The Holy Spirit in the book of John and early Acts: John 1:33 "I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, 'He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.' John 14:12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do; because I go to the Father. ... 16 "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 [that is] the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, [but] you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 15:26 "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, [that is] the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me Acts 1:4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," [He said,] "you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." ... 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Slide: What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit? “Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a term used to describe a movement of the Spirit upon and/or within a believer usually, sometime after the person is saved.  There is controversy surrounding this phenomenon as to whether it is legitimate or not.  Some people believe that once a person is saved the Holy Spirit is in the person and there is no subsequent "baptism in the Holy Spirit."  In other words, they maintain that this Baptism of the Spirit occurs at salvation.  Others believe that it is possible for the Christian to experience an additional movement of the Holy Spirit some time after salvation.  Generally speaking, it is the charismatic movement that supports the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” (Source: Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry) Slide: Non-Pentecostal pastors, teachers, and evangelists who believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: John Piper, J. Vernon McGee, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, David Platt, Matt Chandler, George Whitefield, John Wesley, John McArthur Slide: Simultaneous with salvation: Mcgee, Platt, Whitefield, McArthur Slide: (Possibly) Subsequent to salvation: Piper, Lloyd-Jones, Wesley, Chandler Slide: Where’s the debate? The “timing” of salvation in the disciples (John 20:22-23), Samaritan believers (Acts 8), Paul (Acts 9), Cornelius and household (Acts 10), and the Ephesian disciples (Acts 19). Over Acts being descriptive, prescriptive, or both. Slide: Why do I believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Some primary roles of the Holy Spirit in our lives: “With” us, to convict the world of sin (Gen. 6:3 and John 16:7-11) “In” us, as a seal, a mark of our salvation (1 Cor. 6:19, Eph. 1:13-14) “Upon” us, to empower us for ministry (Acts 1:8, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-7) Slide : Why is this discussion so important? The Holy Spirit is the source of power in the Christian life and to become a bold witness of Jesus Christ.   Slide: Power: ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something. Slide : There is a close relationship between your faith and the release of the power of God through the Holy Spirit. Slide: Where can we all agree on the Holy Spirit? We are saved by grace through faith and not of works! Jesus alone! We are all sealed in the Holy Spirit at our salvation. (Eph. 1:13) Receiving the Holy Spirit is a life altering experience. We should not be afraid of the Holy Spirit. He is God! Slide: Eph. 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such [a word] as is good for edification according to the need [of the moment,] so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Slide: Where can we all agree on the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Sin has grieved the Holy Spirit in many churches and in many people. Slide: Eph. 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Slide: Where can we all agree on the Holy Spirit? This doctrine should not create “classes” of Christians. Our experience with the Holy Spirit is not one time, it is continuous! Slide: So what should I do in response? Confess (quickly) Submit (totally) Believe (steadfastly) Be filled (constantly)

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