TOPIC:  THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

TEXT:    John 16:7-13

INTRODUCTION:  The fall of man in Genesis 3 shows more than anything that man by himself cannot attain the standards of God.  So God began to work out a plan whereby God would dwell in man to enable him attain godly standards.  In Ezekiel 36:26 and Joel 2:28 God promised us new birth and to send His Spirit to dwell in us to help us become what we were born to be.

WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

The Holy Spirit is God.  We have God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  He is one of the Godhead who operates on earth today. 1John 5:7; Matthew 3:16-17.  He is called The Spirit of truth, The Spirit of Christ, the promise of the father, the Spirit of God, the Comforter, the Lord, another Comforter, etc.  See Genesis 1:1-2; John 14:26; 15:26; 14:16-17; Acts 1:4-5.

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

  1. Our Empowerer/Enabler.  Acts 1:8
  2. Our Guide. John 16:13
  3. Conviction. John 16:8-11
  4. Our Teacher and memory enhancer.  1 Corinthians 2:12-14; John 14:26
  5. Our Counsellor. John 16:7 (NIV); John 14:16 (NIV)
  6. Our Helper. Romans 8:26
  7. Our Companion. John 14:16-18

HOW TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

  1. Repent and be converted. Acts 2: 38-39
  2. You ask the father in the name of Jesus Christ. Luke 11:9-13; Matthew 7:7-8
  3. Laying on of hands for impartation. Acts 8:14-17; 19:6; 1 Timothy 4:14
  4. The Anointing in operation Acts 10:44-46.

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