We Believe: A New Community (Part 4)

This week we are learning about the third member of the Trinity: the Holy Spirt as we conclude our series on the Apostle’s Creed.

Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, God in very God who alone gives new life to the believer [Regeneration: to spiritually be made alive] and empowers the believer to live out this new life [Sanctification: the process of becoming more like Jesus]. The Holy Spirit indwells every follower of Jesus and testifies to our spirit that we are children of God.

Teaching Notes

 

THE SPIRIT OF GOD:

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, God in very God who alone gives new life to the believer [Regeneration: to spiritually be made alive] and empowers the believer to live out this new life [Sanctification: the process of becoming more like Jesus]. The Holy Spirit indwells every follower of Jesus and testifies to our spirit that we are children of God [Romans 8:11,16-17].

What is the activity of the Holy Spirit in the believer?

The moment you BELIEVE in Jesus you RECEIVE the Holy Spirit of God.

BAPTIZED with the Holy Spirit

 SEALED by the Holy Spirit

 

EMPOWERED by the Holy Spirit

- SPIRITUAL GIFTS [1 Corinthians 12:4-7, Romans 12:4-8]
- GUIDANCE & COUNSEL [John 16:13, Romans 8:26]
- PEACE & HOPE [John 14:27; Romans 15:13]
- STRENGTH & SANCTIFICATION [Ephesians 3:16; 1 Peter 1:2]

FILLED with the Holy Spirit

 

FRUIT of the Holy Spirit

 

A NEW COMMUNITY:

…the holy Catholic Church,

The Church: The Church is God’s supernaturally empowered community that has experienced the radical grace of God & expresses His love to a broken and hurting world. Jesus is the head of the Church and has given every believer spiritual gifts to belong and to build-up His Church in unity.

 

3 Distinguishing Marks of the Church:
- UNITY: the communion of saints

- FORGIVENESS: the forgiveness of sins

- ETERNITY: the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

Closing Benediction:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on
earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with
power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your
hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may
have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and
high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses
knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

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Scripture

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14;16-18
  • Acts 1:8
  • Colossians 3:12-14
  • Ephesians 3:15-21
  • Ezekiel 36:26-27
  • John 14:15-17
  • Romans 8:11
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