Big Idea: The Holy Spirit transforms our character, our relationship with God, and the fruitfulness of our ministry.
READ AND REFLECT ON THESE SCRIPTURES:
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 61:1-4
“1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.”
— ISAIAH 61:1-4
New Testament Reading: Ephesians 5:15-18
“15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,”
— Ephesians 5:15-18
Gospel Reading: John 16:12-15
“12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
— JOHN 16:12-15
1. What are these passages saying in your own words?
2. How do we see the beauty and majesty of the Holy Spirit in these passages?
3. What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? What is the outcome of being filled with the Spirit?
Here are three practices that Zach recommended to help us "practice" this.
Practice 1: Filled Worship Nights - We gather monthly at the church and focus on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Look at our event calendar to visit the next one.
Practice 2: Ask God to fill you with His Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit results in an abundant and overflowing life. Jesus once cried out to the multitude, "If a man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." John adds, "By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive."
Practice 3: Share the Gospel with someone and pray God would fill them with His Spirit. In the book of Acts the disciples share the Gospel, pray for those that receive their message, and they are filled with the Holy Spirit.
“37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “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.”
— ACTS 2:37-38
This week, share the Gospel with someone and do the same - if they receive your message ask God to fill them with His Spirit.
““And [Paul] said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.””
— ACTS 19:2
May every person who believes in the Gospel of Jesus receive the filling of the Holy Spirit, and may He use your prayer powerfully and effectively.
- Which of these practices have been a part of your discipleship to Jesus?
- After taking some time to pray, how do you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to respond in regards to what we have talked about today?