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Ive Got Jesus. Why Do I need the Holy Spirit
07/28/2013
Scripture: Acts 4:12-13; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Hebre...
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When you and I go out and proclaim the Gospel to our friends, neighbors and those we work with, are people astonished by what we say and how we act Do we cause a stir within the crowds we walk in by how bold and unafraid we are when it comes defending our faith When we read the book of Acts we quickly see that what were ordinary men, men who were basically not important in life become the most powerful force in all of history and in many respects, so far all the future. When was the last time a small group individuals literally turn the world upside down by what they believed and had a passion for



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Iíve Got Jesus. Why Do I need the Holy Spirit?

I want to start out this series with this question, when we look at our church services today, what are the benchmarks of success? What in your opinion is a successful worship service?

True or False: Madison Park Christian Church as a whole is filled with self-focused consumers rather than self-sacrificing servants attuned to the Holy Spirit.

True or False: There is a big gap between what we read in Scripture about the Holy Spirit and how most believers and churches operate.

Acts 4:12-13 (NIV)
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

When you and I go out and proclaim the Gospel to our friends, neighbors and those we work with, are people astonished by what we say and how we act? Do we cause a stir within the crowds we walk in by how bold and unafraid we are when it comes defending our faith? When we read the book of Acts we quickly see that what were ordinary men, men who were basically not important in life become the most powerful force in all of history and in many respects, so far all the future. When was the last time a small group individuals literally turn the world upside down by what they believed and had a passion for?

It concerns me that today, the modern Church, with all the details found in Scripture at our disposal, all the technology and the ability to cross the world in a matter of a few hours canít begin to accomplish what the first church did. What are we missing that the first church had that made the difference> I contend that it is not something that is missing, but a who that is missing. That who is someone I want to focus on for the next 12-13 weeks. But more than just to understand who the Holt Spirit is but to know who He is. To know Him in such a way that we change and become different so we can fulfill our part in Godís great commission.

Paul wrote some very interesting things to the Corinthians. But for our purposes I want to read a very important foundational truth.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NIV)
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.

The essence of that first church was not founded on manís own abilities. In reality, the first 12 leaders were not very impressive on their own merits. But when the Holy Spirit came upon them and bestowed His power into their lives, there wasnít anything they couldnít do for the Gospel. Their lives were all about action and going where the Holy Spirit wanted them to go. Is the modern church willing to do the same? Are we willing to do the same?

ďWe may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low. We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but goneÖ (We) have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.Ē A. W. Tozer

That is a hard statement. I want you to think a minute and ask yourself, is Tozer right? If he is right, then what should the church look like if the church were living under the true power of the Holy Spirit?

Would you be different? How would you be different? Why arenít you now living like that?

So where do we start? I believe we start at the beginning. Ask yourself this question, how much of what you believe about Jesus, about God and the Holy Spirit is accurate and comes directly from Scripture? Have you ever sat down with the Bible and sought after its self-evident truth? Or, have you passively ingested what you heard from other people?

I ask this question because many of us come from and have been immersed in church culture for years. How much of what we know, understand and believe is based on the words of men and not on the actual Word of God? We believe it because my preacher said so or I heard this fact from Sunday school? But did you actually read it directly from the Bible? If no, then how do you know if what you believe and understand is correct?

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Be honest, how many of us assume that what we believe is right? Of course we do, it is why we believe what we believe. But how much of what we believe we have never studied for ourselves? We were simply told. This is the way it is, donít question it.

True or False: Much of what we believe is often based more on comfort or our cultureís tradition than on the Bible.

Acts 17:11 (NIV)
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

When you hear Chuck preach, do you hear with a bit of skepticism or do you just soak up everything he says without checking to know that what he just said was correct? What about with me? Do you regularly question my teaching and compare what I said so you know for sure what the truth really is? If we are in constant contact with the Word of God, we will know what is right and true teachings. But unfortunately, many Christians listen without checking if the words or truth or not.

So let me ask you this, of all that you know about the Holy Spirit, how much is based on actual Scripture? How much of your understanding is founded on what someone else told you?

The Holy Spirit Makes the Difference

When I get outside the church walls and interact with believers and non-believers alike, can others really tell the difference?

Romans 8:9 (NIV)
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Here lies a question we just canít get around, if it is true that the Holy Spirit dwells in us and that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, then shouldnít there be a huge difference between the person who has the Holy Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?

True or False: Christians are people who are born again; we were once dead but have come to life through Jesus.

How many of us have become hardened to those words? Have we heard them so much that they really donít have the punch they way they use toÖat least when it comes to living the way the Holy Spirit wants us to?

You can hear the frustration in Jamesí writing when he deals with the same situation with those Christians who are supposed to have the Holy Spirit in their lives but do things that are opposite of the Spirit. He asks the question I just raised a few minutes ago.

James 3:9-12 (NIV)
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Jesus taught his disciples that his time was short but another counselor was coming. He comforted them by telling them that it will be to their advantage for him to go. When the disciples heard this 2,000 years ago I bet it was hard for them to grasp. How could it be better to trade Jesus who was with them every day for a Spirit they couldnít see? Today, I think there are many Christians would prefer a physical Jesus over an invisible Spirit.

But what do we do with the fact that Jesus said it was better for His followers to have the Holy Spirit? Do we believe him? Do our lives reflect that belief?

When was the last time you actually saw the Holy Spirit at work in or around you? If you have trouble remembering the last time that happened, maybe it is because you have been ignoring him.

True or False: Head knowledge about the Holy Spirit is the same as a relationship with him?

Can someone tell me what a caterpillar thinks about? Explain the process of becoming a butterfly.

What does the caterpillar think when it awakes and realizes that it can now fly?
It can fly to places it never went to before.

For the Christian, that is exactly the way our experience should be once the Holy Spirit enters our lives. We were once this plump caterpillar doing what caterpillars do, in life, not going very far and not accomplishing much spiritually. Then one day we are changed, we are a new creation no longer stuck on a certain leaf. We are free to fly and go places and chase after the Holy Spirit and follow him to where he wants us to go.