KEY POINTS FROM SUNDAY:
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT: - 1) Not crazy nor is his work to be identified with emotionally charged ecstatic experiences. 2) Not a generic life force or “good vibes” that just hums along like some spiritual hipster making bad things a little better, 3) Not replaced by the Bible.
The Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is of the same essence as the Father and the Son, but unique in his personhood. The Holy Spirit is fully God and the whole of scripture points us to this conclusion that was affirmed and defended by the early church Fathers. But here is the interesting thing about Trinitarian worship, gaze deeply upon the Spirit and the Spirit is going to lead you into worship of the Son, look upon the Son and find yourself delighting in the love of the Father to give him. Enter into worship of any person of the Godhead and you can’t help but be drawn up into the divine love shared therein. Part of the Spirit’s work is, in fact, to draw us into this loving community of the Father, Son, and Spirit.
We also get to know the Holy Spirit through knowing the actions of the Spirit. These aren’t completely separable from the Father and Son, but the Spirit does have a unique role in God’s redemptive drama. One way we could sum up the Spirit’s unique person among the Trinity is to say the Spirit is a Lover, Liberator, and Leader.
Lover - The Holy Spirit brings us into an intimate experience of God’s love.
Liberator - Flowing from the Spirit’s love for us is his work to liberate us from enslavement to sin.
Leader - The Holy Spirit is leading us to live in the way of Jesus for the good of others.
Here is a link to this weeks sermon if you missed it - LINK
SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK:
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16–17
MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
- What are some misunderstandings you have had or experienced from others about the Holy Spirit? Consider the three things mentioned above that clarify what the Spirit is NOT.
- Why is it important that we understand the Holy Spirit as part of the Trinity? Why is the Spirit’s unique role important to fully knowing God?
- How have you experienced the Holy Spirit as Lover (Romans 5:5), Liberator (2 Cor. 3:17-18), and Leader (Galatians 5:25)?
- What aspect of the Spirit’s personality might God be inviting you to more fully embrace in this season of life? What might this look like practically for you? Stop and pray for one another and ask for the Spirit’s help in this.