Why Talk About the Holy Spirit? | John 14:16-26

A Spirit-Led Church

Timothy Ateek begins a new series on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. This series is meant to be a deep dive into the Holy Spirit so that the people of Watermark can more fully understand and experience the Spirit in our lives. We want to be a Spirit-led church.

Timothy "TA" AteekFeb 4, 2024John 14:16-26
John 14:16-26

In This Series (4)
How Does the Holy Spirit Minister to Believers? | Galatians 5:16-26
John ElmoreFeb 25, 20241 Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 5:22; 1 Corinthians 2:13
What Part Does the Holy Spirit Play in Salvation? | John 3 and Romans 8
Timothy "TA" AteekFeb 18, 2024John 3:3-6; Titus 3:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:2-3; Romans 8:14-15
Who Is the Holy Spirit? | John 14:16-17, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Timothy "TA" Ateek, Oren Martin, Antoinette Davis, Emily Hope, Dave BruskasFeb 11, 2024
Why Talk About the Holy Spirit? | John 14:16-26
Timothy "TA" AteekFeb 4, 2024John 14:16-26

Summary

Timothy Ateek begins a new series on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. This series is meant to be a deep dive into the Holy Spirit so that the people of Watermark can more fully understand and experience the Spirit in our lives. We want to be a Spirit-led church.

Key Takeaways

Why are we doing a series on the Holy Spirit?

  • Because the Holy Spirit is God.
  • Because we wouldn’t be saved apart from the work of the Spirit. We will address this when we talk about what the Spirit’s role is in the life of an unbeliever.
  • Because we have clear instructions to obey related to the Spirit. We will address this when we talk about the Spirit’s role in the life of a Christian and what it practically looks like to be filled with the Spirit and to walk by the Spirit, and to truly be a Spirit-led person.
  • Because issues regarding the Spirit divide. We will address this when we talk about the gifts of the Spirit at the end of this series.

Five things Jesus tells us about the Spirit:

  • The Holy Spirit is a gift from God (John 14:16). We will unpack next week how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work together. For now, Jesus asks the Father to send the Spirit and the Father gives the Holy Spirit as a gift.
  • The Holy Spirit is God’s promised and permanent presence with us (John 14:16). In the book of John, Jesus consistently refers to the Holy Spirit as the Paraklētos (parA-clay-tos). The important thing is that the word carries the idea of one who is called alongside another to encourage, to exhort, to correct, and to speak on one’s behalf.
  • The Holy Spirit distinguishes us from the rest of the world (John 14:16-17). God himself actually lives inside every single Christian through the presence of his Holy Spirit. God Himself has been called alongside you to have an active presence in your life every second of every day until the day you go to be with Jesus. Salvation isn’t just about someday; it’s about today. God has saved us into a relationship where He comes and lives in us.
  • The Holy Spirit is essential to us having, understanding, and applying the Bible (John 14:26; 16:13; 2 Peter 1:21). The Holy Spirit is responsible for communicating truth to God’s people. He does this in two ways: Inspiration in the past and Illumination in the present. The reason we have the Scriptures is because of the Spirit. Additionally, we can only understand and apply the Scriptures because the Spirit now illuminates our hearts and minds with the truth. There is a way now that the Spirit guides us into truth.
  • The Holy Spirit is essential to intimacy with God (John 14:23; 16:14). The Spirit’s ultimate goal is to glorify Christ. It is to make much of Jesus in every believer, every church, and amongst every tribe, tongue, people, and nation throughout the globe. How does He do this? He has declared the truth of Jesus to the apostles who have written it down so that we could read it and as we read it, we understand it, feel close to Jesus, love Jesus, and respond with lives of worship.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • What did this message teach you about the Holy Spirit? How were you encouraged, challenged, and/or corrected?
  • When was the last time you thanked God for His Spirit? Gives thanks now.
  • Do you have any awareness of the Spirit’s presence in your life? Do you have any awareness or sensitivity to what He is doing in your life, how He is encouraging you or challenging you? Would you even know what to look for? For help, reread John 14-16.
  • Why are the doctrines of inspiration and illumination important? To say that Scripture is “God-breathed” is to say that all Scripture, from beginning to end, is from God and therefore true and trustworthy. Why is the gift of God’s Word comforting and confidence-building?
  • Before you read or talk about God’s Word, either in your own time with Him or with others, do you pray and ask Him to (1) give you understanding, and (2) empower you to believe and obey it by His Spirit?
  • How does the Spirit work to increase your love for Jesus, His Word, and His people?

Things to Pray:

  • Thank God for sending His Spirit.
  • Thank the Spirit for the ways He is working, and then ask God to give you a greater awareness of His Spirit’s presence in you.
  • Thank the Spirit for His work in giving us the Scriptures.
  • Ask the Spirit to give you an understanding of how to live out the truth of God’s Word this week.
  • Ask God to give you a deeper relationship in Christ by his Spirit.

Join Watermark on our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting from February 1 – 21, 2024. Sign up for daily prayer prompts and find more resources at watermark.org/pray.


About 'A Spirit-Led Church'

We study the work and person of the Holy Spirit so that we can more fully understand and experience the Spirit in our lives.