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Self Empowered or Spirit Filled?
September 10 & 11, 2011
“Fans may have received the gift of the Holy Spirit but they aren’t being filled with the Holy Spirit.” Kyle Idleman
“…be filled with the Holy Spirit…” EPHESIANS 5:18
…the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…GALATIANS 5:22
To be filled with the spirit (to walk with the spirit, be led by the spirit) is to co-operate with and yield to the spirit as he:
Coaches Us by…
But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. 1 JOHN 2:26,27 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. JOHN 14:26
And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. JOHN 16:8
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. JOHN 16:13
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. JOHN 14:16
Empowers us to…
But 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.” ACTS 1:8
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them… ACTS 4:8
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 CORINTHIANS 12:4,7 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 PETER 4:10
S______________ / SUFFER
The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. ACTS 5:41
But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. ACTS 7:55
All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.
1. What was your understanding of the Holy Spirit before this week’s message? After the message, how would you describe the Holy Spirit to someone who doesn’t quite understand the role of the Spirit in the life of a Christ-follower?
2. Describe a time when you were aware of the Holy Spirit in your life? Can you share a time when you were having a conversation with someone and the Holy Spirit gave you the words to speak?
3. Some of you are experiencing the conviction of the Holy Spirit right now. How can you know when you are being convicted? How should you respond?
4. The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts to serve the kingdom of God. Every Christ-follower receives spiritual gifts. What are your spiritual gifts and how has the Holy Spirit worked through your gifts to impact others?
Living It Out – Scripture Memory
(Memorize this verse for the month of September.)
Luke 9:23 (New Living Translation)
Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”