August 7, 2022 Worship Service

The Chosen

Spirit

John 16:1-15

1.  Introduction:

     a.  In season 2 of The Chosen we continue to follow the adventures of Jesus and his disciples.

     b.  John recognized the urgency of interviewing and recording these things down.

     c.  Philip’s response to Jesus’ call to follow was to find Nathanael and share this simple message: “Come and see.”

     d.  The disciples were wrestling with Jesus’ mission and their own expectations.

     e.  Jesus' entire life was to proclaim this one message: God's Kingdom had come.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  (Genesis 1:2)

“I have said these things to you to keep you from falling away.  They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God.  And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me.  But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.  (John 16:1-4)

2.  The Holy Spirit:

     > Ruwach: wind; breath, a violent exhalation; blast of breath.

     > Pneuma: a current of air, blast of breath, a strong breeze; or spirit.

 

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

 

     > parakletos (par-ak'-lay-tos); an intercessor, counselor, advocate, comforter, helper. 

 

But it is actually best for you that I go away, because if I don't, the Counselor won't come. If I do go away, he will come because I will send him to you.  (John 16:7)

     a.  The Holy Spirit will comfort you.

 

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter,

that he may abide with you forever…”  (John 14:16)

     a.  The Holy Spirit will counsel you.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  (John 16:13)

     b.  The Holy Spirit will intercede for you.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (Romans 8:26)

     c.  The Holy Spirit will empower you. 

On one occasion, while (Jesus) was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…” But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  (Acts 1:4-5, 8)

     > dunamis (doo'-nam-is); a force; a miraculous power, the explosive power of God.

     e.  The Holy Spirit gives you power to have hope in a hopeless world.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 15:13)

3.  Conclusion:

     a.  Why are many people living a spirit-less life? 

          i.  Some aren’t aware of the Holy Spirit.

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  (Acts 19:1-3)

          ii.  Some resist the Holy Spirit.

You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!  (Acts 7:51)

     b.  The good news is God’s promise is for everyone who seeks to follow Jesus.


Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:38-39)

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