March 3, 2024 9:30 AM Worship Service

Erased - Rediscovering The Holy Spirit

“The What”

Ephesians 5:15-21

1.  Introduction:

     a.  ____________ – Rediscovering The Holy Spirit!  

“The Holy Spirit is the unexplored continent of the Christian faith.” Soren Kierkegaard

     b.  Week 1: “The Who”  

          i.  The Holy Spirit is a ____________, not an it or a divine force, who resides in us when we are saved.

          ii.  The primary goal of the Holy Spirit is to ____________ Jesus.

     c.  The Why:

“You need the Lord Jesus for your eternal life and the Holy Spirit for your internal life.”   Dr. Billy Graham

          i.  The Holy Spirit empowers me to live ____________, supernaturally, purposefully.

          ii.  While we benefit from the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives—His work is not ____________ about us.  

          iii.  His primary ____________ is to build up the body of Christ and point people to Jesus.

2.  The What: What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

     a.  As followers of Jesus, we are called to live a life characterized by ____________.

“Be careful, then, how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of (redeeming) the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16

          i.  We must carefully consider our use of ____________ and opportunity.

So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:17

          ii.  We must seek a clear understanding of God’s ____________ and purposes.

     b.  ____________ with the Holy Spirit.

“Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit…” Ephesians 5:18

          i.  There are two different kinds of ____________ mentioned in the Bible following Pentecost.

               > pimplemi (pĭm’-play-me): filled by, to fill, to be fulfilled—The filling of the Holy Spirit that appears to be a sudden, temporary, equipping that that person to boldly proclaim or demonstrate the ____________. (Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 9:17; 13:9)

               > pleroo (play-rah’-oh): be filled, to make full, to fill up, to fill to the full—The filling of the Holy Spirit characterized by the ____________ qualities of His holy character such as honesty, love, faithfulness, joy, self-control, patience, kindness, wisdom, etc. (Acts 6:3, 5, 8; 7:55; 11:24; 13:52; Ephesians 5:18)  

                    - imperative = ____________ —This filling is not optional for disciples of Jesus Christ.

                    - present tense = ____________ action—Disciples of Jesus Christ must keep being filled with the Spirit.

                    - passive = work of ____________ —We are 100% dependent on God the Spirit to do the filling.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit isn’t about us getting more of the Spirit, it is about the Spirit getting more of us.

     c.  How will our lives be different when the Holy Spirit fills us?

          i.  We will be ____________.

“…speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:19a

          ii.  We will be ____________.

“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord…” Ephesians 5:19b

          iii.  We will be ____________.

“…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20

          iv.  We will be ____________.  

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21

3.  Conclusion:

     a.  I will live a life that is unexplainable except for the ___________ work of the Spirit within me.

     b.  I will be an ____________ follower.  

“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives.” Galatians 5:25

          i.  ____________ the Bible: The more we read God’s Word, which was inspired by the Holy Spirit, the more we will be transformed by him.

          ii.  ____________ More: The more we speak to God through prayer, the more our thinking is transformed so that we can discern God’s “good, pleasing, and perfect will.”  

          iii.  Confess & Repent of ____________: Regular confession of sin in our lives and striving to live holy lives pleasing to God are ways that we learn to submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading and maintain close fellowship with him.  

          iv.  ____________ others and be a member of a local church: God’s Spirit indwells all God’s people. If we want to be filled by the Spirit, we should spend time with other Spirit-filled people in worship and church ministry.

“When we have the Holy Spirit, we have all that is needed to be all that God desires us to be.” A.W. Tozer


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