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I’ve accepted Jesus, I’ve been baptized into His Family… now what?

Believing is only the beginning of your journey. GOD designed you on purpose for His Purpose, but He knows you can’t do this alone… this is why He sent The Help!

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

PS MONTE | 6/11/2017

SERMON NOTES

(John 14:15-18, NKJV) "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Tension:

The Holy Spirit is separate from GOD vs The Holy Spirit is the Essence of Who GOD is

(Genesis 1:1-2, KJV) In the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of GOD moved upon the face of the waters.

• The Holy Spirit is the SPIRIT OF GOD

OT <Hebrew> Ruach

NT <Greek> Pneuma

• The Holy Spirit is the BREATH OF GOD

How does the Holy Spirit help me find Truth?

(Romans 8:26-27, NLT) The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what GOD wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with GOD's own will.

• When the Holy Spirit is ACTIVE in my life He helps me in my WEAKNESS

The Holy Spirit is my Teacher

(John 16:13, NLT) "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth..."

• The Holy Spirit leads and guides me into all TRUTH

• The Holy Spirit teaches me to connect with GOD and other BELIEVERS

APPLICATION

NEXT Step:

Make a Life-giving CONNECTION with another believer this week

Three ways to make a Life-giving connection:

1. CONNECT - Spend some intentional time with them outside of church

2. PROTECT - Honestly share my story with them

3. GROW - Allow Jesus to use that relationship to bring me closer to Him

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

PS MONTE | 6/18/2017

SERMON NOTES

(John 14:15-18, NKJV) "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

(Acts 1:5, 8, NLT) "John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

(Acts 2:38, NLT) “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to GOD, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

• The Gift of the Holy Spirit is the FULFILLMENT of Jesus’ Promise to baptize me with the HOLY SPIRIT

(Acts 2:1-4, NLT) On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them, and everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

• The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is as much PHYSICAL as it is SPIRITUAL

• I’ll know I’ve received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit because there will be a VISIBLE CHANGE in my life

• I’ll know I’ve received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit because there will be an AUDIBLE CHANGE in my speech

Can I be Spirit Baptized?

Tension:

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit was for other people vs I can receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

(Acts 2:39, NLT) “This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the LORD our GOD.”

APPLICATION

(Acts 1:8, NLT) “You will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”

• The Holy Spirit gives me the ABILITY I need to SERVE others

Jesus wants me to DISCOVER who I am because of Who He is

NEVER SETTLE - Don’t accept being anything less than the person He designed me to be

NEXT Step:

Learn how my PERSONALITY and my GIFTINGS reveal who Jesus designed me to be

Three ways to discover who I am in Jesus:

1. Discover JESUS

2. Discover MYSELF

3. Discover OPPORTUNITY

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

PS MONTE | 6/25/2017

SERMON NOTES

(John 14:15-18, NKJV) "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

(1 Corinthians 12:1, NIV) Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.

(1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NIV) There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same LORD. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same GOD at work.

• Spiritual Gifts aren’t works of human MANIPULATION or INTIMIDATION

(1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NIV) Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good… All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

• Spiritual Gifts are given by JESUS for the common good of His COMMUNITY

JESUS determines how and when the SPIRITUAL GIFT is given

APPLICATION

(Galatians 5:25, AMP) If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit].

• Jesus breathes His Holy Spirit into your life to empower you to SERVE others and make a difference in their story

HAVE FUN - Jesus designed you on purpose, live that way, and watch how much more fulfilling your life is

NEXT Step:

Receive His HOLY SPIRIT, then use YOUR GIFT to love someone else to Jesus

Four ways to use your gift:

1. Identify an OPPORTUNITY

2. Make a PLAN

3. Start SERVING

4. Measure your RESULTS

FRESH START

(Acts 2:38-39, AMP) "Repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways, accept and follow Jesus as the Messiah] and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ because of the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is for you and your children and for all who are far away [including the Gentiles], as many as the LORD our GOD calls to Himself.