In this final talk of the series, Grant talks about how important it is that we not resist, or quench the Holy Spirit. (Or, as another translation has it, to ‘not put out the Spirit’s fire’). He looks at 6 ways whereby it is possible for us to suppress, or resist, what the Holy Spirit wants to do in us and through us. Conversely, we should welcome the Holy Spirit; being open to His working and fanning into flame what He wants to do among us.
What should be the evidence that we are known to be full of the Holy Spirit? As Grant explains in this talk, it may not only be through using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but also in demonstrating the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Part of this means that we need to recognise behaviour in our lives that is not the fruit of the Spirit. We need to spot it, kill it, and invite the Holy Spirit to help us become more like Jesus!
We all need comfort from time to time, as we go about life and deal with challenges that come our way. In this talk Grant explains that we can seek comfort in 3 different ways – some things should be avoided completely, others can provide some momentary comfort, but ultimately our comfort should come from the Holy Spirit, as Jesus promised to us.
Father God has a plan to make us like Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit is absolutely central that plan. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would come to bring conviction of sin, righteousness and judgement. Conviction is a work of grace. Conviction leads to repentance, which in turn, brings salvation and blessing to our lives. We need to get rid of the sinful things in our lives and allow the Holy Spirit to develop holiness and the fruit of love, joy and peace.
Jesus came proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God and He healed the sick. He commissioned the disciples to do the same. The Holy Spirit is still healing today through faith in Jesus’ name. We need to be honest; there are no formulas and we don’t see as much healing as we would like to. We need to pray with compassion, humility and respect. But we should not doubt Jesus’ words that ‘all things are possible’.
God is a speaking God. In the Old Testament He used prophets to proclaim messages to His people. Jesus was called a prophet by many as he was recognised as one teaching and proclaiming messages from God, though we know that He was more than a prophet, being the Son of God. In the New Testament we find that there is still a role for prophets in the church. And though we may not all be prophets as explained in Ephesians 4, we are encouraged by Paul to eagerly desire and participate in the prophetic as a gift of the Holy Spirit.
In this 3rd part of the series, ‘Come, Holy Spirit’, Grant talks on the gift of speaking in tongues, or other languages, and the gift of interpretation as taught in scripture. Speaking in tongues was common when the first Christians were baptised in the Holy Spirit, as recorded in the book of Acts. It continued in the early church and we believe it is still a gift for the church today, both for personal use and for the purpose of building up the local church.
Dave kicks off the series by talking about the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The PROMISE – all Christians can be filled with the Holy Spirit – we see the pattern in Acts; Believe the good news, repent, be baptised, receive the Holy Spirit.
The RESULTS of being filled – A deeper awareness of God’s reality and presence, of joy, love, and faith.
HOW to be filled – Ask! God is good and wants to give us his best gift. Anyone who is thirsty can come to Jesus to receive and drink. It is not a one-off experience – ‘go on being filled!’
Bible Texts: Acts 1:1-9, 2:1-6, 2:15-17, 2:32-41
In the previous week’s talk Robin referred to us all being temples of the Holy Spirit. In this talk, Grant explains the importance of being temples filled with the Holy Spirit, the gift that Jesus promised His early disciples would receive, and who we believe should fill and empower all believers today. We should not view the infilling and activity of the Holy Spirit as the ‘icing on the cake’, but an essential aspect for victorious Christian life and ministry.