The Holy Spirit Sermon Series (#3 of 4)

Sunday Service

  • Sunday 1 June 2014
  • The Holy Spirit (part 3 of 4)
  • Pastor Garey Clark

Mark has returned from Fiji

  • Doesn’t matter what your skills are, God wants to use you to build His Church.
  • Right time, right place

Recap:

  1. We will discover the Holy Spirit attempting to communicate with us through circumstances, in order to lead us on the Narrow Path;
  2. He is our teacher; to remind us of all that Jesus taught.

Today:

  • It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to build the Church.
  • It’s His job to build believers into the Body of Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9

  • For it by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

Two Churches:

  • Universal: free, gift of God, costs nothing (except your entire life). A believer in Christ. A follower of Jesus. Through the gate of grace.
  • Local: an expression of the body of Christ.

You can be part of a local church without being part of the Universal Church yet.

  • What’s important (for your immortal soul) is choosing to join the Universal Church;
  • Which local church you choose to join is secondary;
  • However, you are stronger (against the devil) in community;
  • But, when local churches have disputes, outsiders assume that the Universal Church is weak;
  • It isn’t.

James says:

  • The Universal Church is strong, because God is building it, and will ultimately prevail against the gates of Hell.
  • Meaning we win the war.
  • The war in Heaven.
  • Meaning I wouldn’t want to be an atheist for all the treasure in Earth.

2 examples of early church disputes:

  • Mary vs Martha; and
  • The disciples wanting to know who was the greatest.

Jesus doesn’t rebuke them strongly:

  • Instead, He explains there are appropriate times to exercise your diverse gifts.
  • He knew it was going to take all sorts, to get the job done.
  • He wanted unity (not uniformity).

Implicitly, he was blessing diverse evangelical techniques.

Ephesians 4:1-4

  1. As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
  2. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
  3. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
  4. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling.

Ephesians 5:18-19

  • Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
  • speaking to one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Building the church on the right foundations

  • Put aside anything which distracts you (or has potential to entrap you);
  • Focus on His goodness.
  • Be real
  • Confess sin
  • Repent of it
  • Move on in a sense of freedom
  • Not living in condemnation
  • Otherwise, outsiders will rightly call “hypocrite”

A sign of maturity:

  • The extent to which gentleness, humility, grace & love are demonstrated.

 

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