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Copy of CLP Talk 8
Transcript of Copy of CLP Talk 8
1.Our topic, life in the Holy Spirit,
is a very important topic, because
it is this kind of life that God wants for us. a) This life in the Spirit was normal
for the early Christians. They truly
experienced the Holy Spirit at work.
b) We need to know the Holy Spirit
not just as a doctrine, but as a Person
Who truly affects our lives.
* The Spirit's importance
was stressed by Jesus. Jn. 16:7. 7 But very truly I tell you, it
is for your good that I am going
away. Unless I go away, the
Advocate will not come to you;
but if I go, I will send him to you. 2. Much of Christianity today looks
weak, lacking in power and effectiveness. a) But Christians have not always been
so lifeless. The early Christian movement
was dynamic, strong, attractive. b) That same power is available to us today.
That is the power of the Holy Spirit.
3. We need to realize that true Christian
living is not just a matter of human willpower,
but a new heart, a new life from God. a) We cannot do it on our own steam.
It is the Holy Spirit Who enables us to
experience God, a living relationship
with Him, and His action in our lives. b) With the Holy Spirit, men gain: * Union with God. Eph 2:18. 18 For through him
we both have
access to the
Father by one Spirit. *A new nature 2 Cor 5:17. 17 Therefore, if anyone
is in Christ,
the new creation
has come:[a] The old
has gone, the new is here! * Power to serve as Jesus' witnesses. Acts 1:8. 8 But you will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes
on you; and you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem, and
in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.” 4.God wants all men to have this new life.
This new life in the Holy Spirit is available to all who turn away from a life of sin and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. B. Receiving the Holy Spirit 1.The experience of the early disciples. a) Jesus promises the Holy Spirit. Lk 24:49. 49 I am going to send you
what my Father has promised;
but stay in the city until
you have been clothed
with power from on high.” b) The disciples do as they are told.
They stay in Jerusalem and wait.
c)The day of Pentecost (a Jewish holiday). d) Others as well received the Holy Spirit. *Acts 8:14 17 (Samaria). 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem
heard that Samaria had accepted the
word of God, they sent Peter and
John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived,
they prayed for the new believers there
that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 because the Holy Spirit had not
yet come on any of them; they had simply
been baptized in the name of the Lord
Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed
their hands on them, and they received
the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:44 46 (Cornelius). 44 While Peter was still speaking these words,
the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the
message. 45 The circumcised believers who
had come with Peter were astonished that
the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured
out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them
speaking in tongues[a] and praising God. Acts 19:1 6 (Ephesus). 19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road
through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There
he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you
receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that
there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance.
He told the people to believe in the one coming after
him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul
placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on
them, and they spoke in tongues[b] and prophesied * Those who received the Holy Spirit
knew the Lord more personally and more experientially. 2.What does receiving the Holy Spirit
(or being baptized in the Spirit) mean for us today? a) We can experience the same power
and gift of the Spirit that the
early Christians did. b)We can receive the same spiritual gifts. 1 Cor 12:1,4-11. Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters,
I do not want you to be uninformed.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but
the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There
are different kinds of service, but the
same Lord. 6 There are different kinds
of working, but in all of them and in everyone
it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. *Tongues is a common experience
with the baptism in the Spirit. *It is a gift from God.
Thus it is important. *Tongues can have great consequences
on one's spiritual life, especially prayer and worship. * It is an important first step,
and is often the gateway to a fuller
life in the Spirit. 3.How can we receive the baptism in the Spirit? a)God has promised us the Holy Spirit. Lk 11:9-13. 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be
given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
10 For everyone who asks receives;
the one who seeks finds; and to the
one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son
asks for[a] a fish, will give him a snake
instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg,
will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then,
though you are evil, know how to give
good gifts to your children, how much
more will your Father in heaven give
the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” b) So we simply take God up on His promise.
We ask our Father to give us the Holy Spirit. 4.What being baptized in the
Spirit means for us. a)For Christians, this will not be the initial reception of the Holy Spirit.
We already received the Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation.
b) Rather, what will be experienced
is a fuller release of the power of the
Holy Spirit in our lives. 5. Obstacles to receiving God's gifts. a) An unrepentant attitude
b) Feeling unworthy. c) Fear. d) Doubt. e) Pride. f) Being selective C.What we will do in
the prayer session next week. 1.Mainly, we will pray. 2.We will start the praying over
with the "Commitment to Christ". 3. Each of you should meet individually
D.Conclusion. 1. One important warning: 2.Take time also to review your
intentions and expectations in this CLP. 3.God offers each of you new life. Be open to it. Better yet, desire it. To God Be The Glory!