Christians are monotheists; we believe in one God. But we are also Trinitarians; we believe in three “persons” of the Trinity — God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Who is this third member of the Trinity? What actually does he do? What is his on-going role in my life? What does it mean to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit? Do I have to do anything, or does he do all the work? Where would we be if it were not for the work of the Holy Spirit?
Learning More About God
IV. Holy Spirit
1. In the past we have talked about the fact that Christians are Monotheists.
2. We are also Trinitarians.
3. Admit that this is a mystery
4. Focus our attention on the activity of this third member of the Trinity
B. First: Regeneration
1. Process begins with conviction of sin — John 16:7-8
2. In the midst of conviction, the Holy Spirit begins to draw people to God. — John 6:44
3. Holy Spirit is the actual agent of regeneration
4. Also seals our regeneration
C. Second activity: Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
1. John 14:16-17
2. Not some divine, impersonal force
3. Many ways in which he helps
a. Daily the Holy Spirit guides
b. Daily he empowers
1. Give us special gifts
a. Everyone given at least one supernatural gift at conversion.
b. Lists of some of the gifts (1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4; Romans 12)
c. Common good (1 Corinthians 12:7)
2. Purpose of the Holy Spirit’s Guidance and Empowerment?
a. Goal is that our changed lives exhibit what is called the “Fruits of the Spirit”
b. Galatians 5:16, 19-25
3. Holy Spirit will not empower us without our co-operation
a. We can fight the Holy Spirit if we wish to.
b. Holy Spirit will start to remove the blessing of God from our lives
c. How much better to hear, and listen; to be prompted, and obey.
4. At a practical level, what does it look like to be empowered by the Holy Spirit?
a. Difficult to explain the difference — mystical — when it happens, you know it
b. Not an excuse for laziness — Romans 12:1-2
E. Where would we be without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?