WHEN THE SPIRIT COMES Acts 19 Rev. Martin Sanders Living Christ Church April 2012
Intro There are times & seasons when God is up to something…fresh. See what He is doing and go there with Him. STOP learned behavior and wait again with wonderment and expectancy. Hold on to the Adventure.
I. Discover What You Know & Don’t Know (v. 1-7) “Wisdom is knowing what you don’t know!” Clear up confusions Avoid: embarrassments, judgments, limitations Do not reduce to what you are comfortable with Seek the Fullness / Freshness
Acts 8:14-17 (ESV) (14) Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, (15) who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, (16) for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (17) Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
Key Concepts on the Holy Spirit 1)Baptized In / With / By 1)Filled With 1)Walk In Step With *Spirit Controlled
Walk Through Luke & Acts Luke 1:41 Praise 1:67 Prophecy
Walk Through Luke & Acts Acts 2:4 Tongues 4:31 Power 4:31 Prayer 9:17-18 13:9
Evidences of Those Filled With the Spirit According to Dr. Luke Praise Power Prophecy Prayer Tongues
Historic Distinctions of the Evidences of the Spirit in Luke Select your experiences as “RIGHT” Wish you had a different experience Avoid religious experiences categorically Discredit the experiences of others Always seeking More Dramatic Experiences
II. Honestly Address Your Issues (v. 8-12) Uncertainties about The Kingdom & Your Role (v.8) Check any resistance; obstinance (v.9) Get comfortable with what you don’t understand, prefer, or are uncomfortable with (v.11-12) Avoid imposing limits & expectations on God Remember that HE IS GOD! Develop Authentic Discernment
III. Be Authentic (v. 13-16) DON’T FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT! Remember your position of Authenticity (J.A. MacMillan – “The Authority of the Believer”) Caution: the enemy can kick your _____. “Jesus I know…” – still about know Him!
IV. When the Spirit Comes With Freshness (17-20) Godly fear High honor of Jesus Accountability / Open Confession Restitution The Word of the Lord spreads widely and grows in power! (v.20)