Sunday Morning Sermon Notes

 

THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH
“Unless one is born of…the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5)
Live/Walk by the Spirit:
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25)
“It is the Spirit who gives life;the flesh profits nothing” (John 6:63)
 
Worship in Spirit:
“We are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3)
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth”(John 4:24).
THE WORK OF CONVICTION
THE WORK OF CONVERSION 9:17
THE WORK OF CONFIRMATION
THE WORK OF CONTINUATION 9:31
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by [which] we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit [itself] bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:14-17).
THE WORK OF SEPARATION
Acts 13:1-3 ¶ Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
SEPARATED FROM
SEPARATED UNTO
RECOGNITION
REQUEST
RESULT
THE WORK OF SENDING
Acts 13:4-9 ¶ So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister. 6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: 7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
THE SPIRIT LEADS 4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
THE SPIRIT FEEDS 5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.
THE SPIRIT PLEADS 6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: 7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
THE SPIRIT FILLS 9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,

THE WORK OF IDENTIFICATION
Acts 13:9-12 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
WHOSE IS HIS 10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
WHO HE IS 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
HE IS INDESCRIBABLE
HE IS INDENPENSIBLE
HE IS IRREPLACEABLE
(1) He is so silent a Friend.
(2) He is so gentle a Friend,
(3) He is so close a Friend.
(4) He is so sensitive a Friend.
(5) He is so condescending a Friend—in him it is that God dwells in the humble and contrite sinner’s heart.
(6) He is so cheerful and gladdening and sanctifying a Friend.
(7) He more than halves our griefs—he dries them up. He more than doubles our joy—he multiplies it a millionfold, till it is already “full of glory.” His sympathy is perfect.
(8) He is our indispensable Friend, if we are to be loosed from sin, to be created anew, to take hold of Jesus, and to find salvation. Against the united, loving, determined, and predetermined force of Jesus and the Spirit, ’twas hard indeed for Saul to strive. Love and. power amazing grace!—have hold upon him nor mean to relax their gracious grasp If he struggles, he but prolongs his own fierce inner conflict, multiples his own subsequent pangs of memory and conscience. So Saul and every converted man are in a hand from which no power shall ever pluck them.—B.