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Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit Part 2: The Mission of the Spirit

Scripture: John 16:5-8 

Why did the Holy Spirit come?  What is His mission?

  1. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential to our salvation. He creates the desire within us to be saved. (John 6:44; Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 3:10-11, 17-18; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
    • 1 Corinthians 2:14
    • He convicts the conscience.
    • He gives the gift of repentance and the gift of faith.
    • He grants new life. It is impossible to get saved without the Holy Spirit.
  2. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential to our sanctification.
    • Sanctification means holy.
    • You cannot walk the walk without the Holy Spirit.
    • Positionally – one act – sets you apart as a child of God
    • Progressively – a lifetime of daily depending upon Him
  3. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential for service.
    • Every child of God is called for service.
    • Ephesians 2:9-10  Matthew 28:19-20
    • God is more interested in powerful service than polished service.
    • Salvation: an act of faith
    • Sanctification: the walk of faith
    • Service: faith in the power of the Holy Spirit to enable you to do what He has called you to do.
  4. When serving in the power of the Holy Spirit we may:
    • Tire but not burn out.
    • Face obstacles but not be discouraged.
    • Forced to wait but not manipulate.
    • Feel pressure but not become desperate.
    • Feel helpless but not hopeless.
    • Feel wronged but not retaliate.

(By Charles F. Stanley. Copyright 2012 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. www.intouch.org.)