The Super Natural
Who Is He and How Do I Get Him?
June 4, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: Who Is He and How do I get Him? Supernatural- attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. John 16:7-15 Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you. 8 When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: 9 About sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me;11 and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. 12 “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t 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, but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 Everything the Father has is Mine. This is why I told you that He takes from what is Mine and will declare it to you. HCSB Question #1: Who is the Holy Spirit? Who He is NOT: -Some mystical force, -He doesn’t come in doses, -He is not a distant, impersonal characteristic of God, -He isn’t freakish, loud, obnoxious, -He is not a hovering spirit who goes around possessing people with uncontrolled whaling or tongues, -He doesn’t act arrogantly, prideful, or force himself on anyone. -He is not a manipulator -He is not a control freak -He doesn’t cause us to do anything outside of the will of God Who He IS: -He is a person, not an IT -He is divine, with a mind, with reasoning, emotion and a will -He is a gentleman “He will not force himself on anyone, but waits for anyone to openly invite Him in.” The Bible describes the Holy Spirit as: -God -Helper -Comforter -Third person in the trinity (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) -Paraklete (Our Advocate) -Guide -Convicter of sin -Fire, Wind, Water -Omniscience (all-knowing) -Omnipresent(ever-present) -Omnipotent(all-powerful) -Deposit, Seal, Earnest -Peace -Indwells Believers -Intercessor -Reveals Truth -Spirit of Almighty God -Teacher -Witness Genesis 1:2 “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” John 16:7b- “It is for your benefit that I go away…” The Holy Spirit is a BENEFICIAL GIFT. Question #2: How does a person GET the Holy Spirit? Acts 2:38-41 “Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off,[a] as many as the Lord our God will call.” 40 And with many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt[b]generation!” A- “The Holy Spirit is not something that you GET. The Holy Spirit is a person that you RECEIVE.” “A person either has ALL of the Holy Spirit or NONE of the Holy Spirit.” 1 John 1:12- “The one who has the Son has life. The one who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” The Reality: “You are either living for you, or the Holy Spirit is living through you.” How does a person Receive the Holy Spirit? A- By the Word of God being proclaimed. Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.” Through: preaching, teaching, worship, reading, listening: however the message is proclaimed. B- By God calling men and women to himself, or they will never come. John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him… Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, then I will draw all people to myself.” “We use all of our talents and all or our tools to exalt Jesus because we desire for Jesus to draw people to Him” C- We must RECEIVE the message of Jesus Receiving the message of Jesus means: -it becomes who you are so that you trust the Christ it presents. -You trust His provision for your forgiveness -You trust His direction for your life -You trust His power to help you obey -You trust His promises for your future
June 11, 2017 • Jason Smith
TITLE: 100% GUARANTEED “If we treat the Holy Spirit as if He is a super hero, the truth about the Holy Spirit will only seem like a fairy tale and the reality of the Holy Spirit will be suppressed by our limitations.” “The Holy Spirit’s presence is not based on our feelings, but on the faith that gives us assurance.” “The assurance of the Holy Spirit is an inference due to the DEPOSIT, the SEAL, and the EARNEST that God has given us.” How can we have certainty that the Holy Spirit abides in the believer? POINT #1: By the WORD of God 2 Timothy 3:16- "All Scripture is inspired by God[a] and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 1 John 5:11-13 “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in HIs Son. The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.” POINT #2: By the PROMISES of God 2 Corinthians 1:20 “For everyone of God’s promises are yes and amen! Romans 10:19 “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” John 5:24 “I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgement but has passed from death to life.” “But a Promise is only as good as the PROMISOR!!!! POINT #3: By the CHARACTER of God 1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is FAITHFUL; you were called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “The one who calls you is FAITHFUL and He will do it.” Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we possess for He who promised is FAITHFUL.” “If God said it, you can trust it.” POINT #4: By the SPIRIT of God Ephesians 1:13-14 “When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believe in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory. The Holy Spirit has been given to us as a SEAL, as a guarantee of His promise.” A SEAL indicates ownership and security. 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.” The Holy Spirit s our EARNEST- the guarantee of our inheritance. “As the seal, He guarantees that we ourselves will be kept safely for the inheritance. As the Earnest, he guarantees the inheritance will be kept securely for us. The guarantee looks forward to the full redemption, just as the first fruits look forward to the completed harvest."
Tongues Of Fire and Misinterpretation
June 25, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: Tongues of fire and Misinterpretation Acts 1:5- "For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. " "By being immersed(baptized in the Holy Spirit) is when you will see the works(supernatural) of the Holy Spirit." "You cannot expect the Holy Spirit to manifest any of the gifts through you if the Holy Spirit is not consistently living inside of you" 1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-7, 11 V. 1-“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:” V. 4-7- “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:” v. 11- “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” Point # 1: Speaking in tongues is Holy Spirit ENABLED. Acts 2:4- “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” So if the Spirit enables, the Spirit decides. Acts 1:8- But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses. Point #2: Tongues are REAL languages 1 Corinthians 14:9-11 “So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.” "Speaking in tongues is a gift FROM God, directly TO God, for the glory OF God." V. 18-19 “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.” POINT #3: Tongues are for understanding not confusion V. 16- “Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?” 1 Corinthians 14:2-4 “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” POINT #4 Tongues are for EDIFICATION and MULTIPLICATION of God's kingdom Acts 2:3-4 “Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” V. 11- “we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God." V. 41-42. “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” v. 47 “praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” 1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”