It’s more than what happens from behind a pulpit. Yet even though it sounds so simple to tell others about Jesus, many of us are fearful when it comes to witnessing. 0000394683 00000 n 4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. 0000002633 00000 n Many people are afraid of witnessing because they fear being rejected, criticized or misunderstood. We must remember that as we attempt to share the gospel, we are not doing this all alone. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. Acts 13:2 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. Paul said in Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? They prayed for it. He is not particularly visible in the Bible because His ministry is to bear witness of Jesus (John 15:26). 0000022403 00000 n Once again tonight we return to our study of the Holy Spirit and His work in the life of a believer. 0000006154 00000 n Empower our words with conviction ! Jesus’ disciples were filled with the Spirit at Pentecost. A denial of life is a rejection of the God of life. 1. —1 Thess. Did it come from his ability to stand before large crowds and speak? There are many great examples found in scripture concerning how the Spirit will guide us in our witnessing. 0000012566 00000 n The Holy Spirit empowers us to overcome spiritual opposition. How can we receive such boldness from the Spirit? 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him , saying , Come over into Macedonia, and help us. Daily He brings us into contact with those who don’t know the Lord. But fruit in a bowl that merely sits there looking pretty doesn’t do a whole lot of good. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 . The Holy Spirit gives us boldness to testify to God’s greatness and the ability to prove that Jesus is who He claimed to be. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Yet we must keep in mind that scripture says that we are “laborers together with God.” (1 Cor 3:9) Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God (Holy Spirit) gave the increase… neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth ; but God (Holy Spirit) that giveth the increase.” (1 Cor 3:6-7), A perfect example of this is how the Lord used the Samaritan woman to prepare the way for Christ’s disciples –. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We must walk with great sensitivity to the Spirit and expect Him to use us. How does the Spirit give us this strength and power? 430 0 obj <> endobj xref 430 25 0000000016 00000 n In addition, at the moment of our new birth the Spirit begins to dwell within us. Bible Arena » POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMS CHRISTIANS – Matthew. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Sometimes the door will be wide open to share the gospel. In Luke 24:49, Jesus referred to this as – ‘…ye be endued with power from on high.’ The word ‘power’ means: strength, power or ability. Prior to the Spirit’s coming, they were filled with fear, but after the Spirit came upon them, they were filled with courage and boldness. 0000003206 00000 n Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Who but the Holy Spirit would know that at that exact moment, a man would be reading from Isaiah 53? Both terms describe a person who has surrendered his or her life to Christ and is being controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit. John 14:25-26 says, “These things I have spoken to you while I am still … 0000001083 00000 n Power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Mt 5:16) Paul told Titus to teach servants to ‘adorn the doctrine of God’ by the way they served their master. (Jesus to His disciples before he … trailer <<040F5AE7622742DFBA24DE31036BDDE7>]/Prev 676523/XRefStm 1083>> startxref 0 %%EOF 454 0 obj <>stream The Holy Spirit would empower the apostles not so much to do wonders and signs but to be his witnesses – to testify to him in the face of the world’s opposition. This video is unavailable. �R�[ �Y3f endstream endobj 453 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/Index[37 393]/Length 36/Size 430/Type/XRef/W[1 1 1]>>stream The Holy Spirit gives believers the power to live like Jesus and be bold witnesses for Him. From Europe the gospel was brought to America. Note how the Spirit worked in the lives of the Apostles and early church. 0000000796 00000 n And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? Many believe that Christ’s command to ‘go’ means – ‘as you are going…’ ‘as you are making your way through life…’ ‘share with others the gospel and teach them how to live the Christian life.’. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Romans 8:16 says that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Did it come from Paul’s wisdom or intellect? Consider also how the Spirit opens and closes doors. Jesus promised His disciples –. In this message Pastor Cheryl Koop talks about how the Holy Spirit can empower us to share our faith with a new confidence. Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word. Behold , I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. In Acts 1 v8 we read the Lord’s words, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses”. To be a witness means to bear record or give testimony. The Power of the Spirit; POWER TO WITNESS. Being a witness is not something to be added on a to-do list, but it is the very identity created by the Holy Spirit in someone who has put their trust and faith in Jesus. Consider also the calling of Paul and Barnabas. All this happened because Paul and Barnabas allowed the Spirit to guide them. Yet it is not up to us to determine when and where we will share our faith. Perhaps sometimes it will seem like the door is completely closed. The Purpose Of Power According to Acts 1:8 the purpose of the power given to the disciple is to be a “witness” for Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers us to be witnesses to the world, in word and in deed. The Holy Spirit first puts the believer into the life of Jesus Christ and then Jesus fills and empowers the believer with the Spirit All of God’s power belongs to us as His children as this is part of our birthright in Christ and … We cannot save someone. Now, of course, that comes from Romans 8:16, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Let me tell you this, The witness is varied. He reassures us and gives us comfort. Three Ways the Holy Spirit Empowers the Church for Mission May 15, 2018 Brad Roth. How did the disciples receive such boldness? 0000002315 00000 n 2 Timothy 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: But be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. We are fearful of the way others might respond to their testimony or they are fearful that they might not know enough to adequately share the gospel. “Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and join this chariot,’" Acts … 0000008631 00000 n Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 0000003432 00000 n Jesus Sent Us the Holy Spirit. So in Luke 24 we read “that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in … The Holy Spirit Empowers Us to be Witnesses for Christ. Watch Queue Queue Jesus gives the gift of the Holy Spirit that comes upon, fills, guides, teaches, and empowers His followers so that they can bear witness to, or reveal, His life. First of all, He empowers us with courage. Matthew 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them After those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws upon their heart, And on their mind I will write them,” The Spirit himself bears witness [is witnessing in that cry, “Abba, Father”] with our spirit that we are the children of God. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. This empowering was prophesied not only by Joel but also by John the Baptist. 0000005485 00000 n The Holy Spirit’s chief task is to bear witness to Christ (John 15:26–27; Acts 5:32; 1 Cor 2:14, 12:3). We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” (Romans 8:26) NIV. The Holy Spirit was the agent of witnessing behind the first-century Christians. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias …. 1. Did it come from his great understanding of spiritual things? Christians Are Untouchable When Filled With The Holy Spirit (Passage: Matthew 21) Jesus operated with Holy Spirit to defeat his foes when he was on earth fulfilling his ministry. Two Ways the Holy Spirit Witnesses. 19 But when they deliver you up , take no thought how or what ye shall speak : for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. To give and offering please go to my website larrybirgansministries.com this is my PayPal for the Ministry. Tag: The Holy Spirit Empowers Us To Bear Witness. Thus far we have learned that it is the Spirit who regenerates us and gives to us new life. But sometimes, what the Holy Spirit has to do is slow us down, get us to … Because the Holy Spirit lives within the disciple, He is a constant comfort and helps the disciple to follow Jesus in his walk and his witness. Baptized with the Holy Spirit Being baptized with the Spirit is synonymous with being filled with the Spirit. 0000016030 00000 n The Holy Spirit also empowers us to do many miraculous things for our good and His glory. The Spirit must do it. He is fully God. ������i�0{�=̞f�������pz�. Where did the power come from for Paul’s ministry? 0000004602 00000 n And as we will see tonight, He empowers us for witnessing. Note how the Spirit worked in the lives... 2. He strengthens our new nature. 1:7; 8:15, 16) Simply put, by means of his holy spirit, God makes it clear to that person that he is invited to become a future heir in the Kingdom arrangement. Right there in the context of Romans 8:16, the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit … A major theme in Paul’s writing was the importance of not being ashamed of Christ or His gospel. John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? %PDF-1.4 %���� Scripture says that we are born-again of the Spirit. We bear witness by our lifestyle, but lifestyle alone is not enough. Note once again the power of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of the Apostle Paul –. We read in Acts 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near , and join thyself to this chariot. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can: boldly proclaim the gospel; But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Demonstrating the Spirit’s power. If all we do is live a good life before our friends and neighbors and never share with them the gospel, then we are leading them to believe that a good life will take them to heaven. 0000015051 00000 n Here is an amazing truth. The Holy Spirit empowers our prayer life. Jesus said that His Father is glorified when His disciples bear much fruit. 0000066901 00000 n A life empowered by the invisible Holy Spirit is evidenced by His visible fruit (Gal. The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Rom. The work of the Holy Spirit is to take what belongs to God and make it ours. Paul was extremely intelligent and he did have a great understanding of the Word of God, yet Paul’s power came from the Holy Spirit. If the Lord can use someone like the Samaritan woman, surely He can use us. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.’. Devotional: ‘God’s Reward for Those Who Trust Him’, Devotional: ‘Don’t Let Life Make You Bitter’, Devotional: ‘God Does Indeed Cause All Things to Work Together for Good’, Devotional: ‘The Foolishness of Trying to Run from God’. He teaches us and guides us into all truth. The day of Pentecost was not the day that the disciples were indwelt rather it was the day that they were empowered. (see Titus 2:10) The title Christian means ‘Christ-like ones’ and anyone who professes the name of Christ should seek to live a life that will bring Him honor and glory. Of course, there are many ways He goes about doing this, … THIS IS LIKE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE TONGUES AND OTHER MANIFESTATIONS ARE WONDERFUL, BUT THE MAIN FOCUS OF THIS BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE POWER IT GIVES US TO LIVE BY! 0000028776 00000 n h�bb�c`b``Ń3� ���ţ�1X0@� t�� endstream endobj 431 0 obj <>/Metadata 35 0 R/Pages 34 0 R/StructTreeRoot 37 0 R/Type/Catalog/ViewerPreferences<>>> endobj 432 0 obj <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/StructParents 0/TrimBox[0.0 0.0 612.0 792.0]/Type/Page>> endobj 433 0 obj <> endobj 434 0 obj <> endobj 435 0 obj <> endobj 436 0 obj <> endobj 437 0 obj <> endobj 438 0 obj <> endobj 439 0 obj <>stream The Lord told His disciples to ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’ (Mk 16:15) The word ‘preach’ means to publish or proclaim. The Holy Spirit will lead and empower us in a development to learn obedience to the Word of God in our sufferings, and be led to perfection, just as Jesus was. Keep in mind: one sows, another waters, and God gives the increase! As you can see they were already indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Without the strength of the Holy Spirit, the facts of Christ’s life, forgiveness and promise for eternal life will have little impact. Let me explain. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. You and I may not know many things concerning the Word of God, yet we can testify to others what Jesus has done in our lives. 0000001269 00000 n The Holy Spirit bears witness to the true-truth. (Acts 2:4) Peter was filled with the Spirit in his response to the Jewish leaders. The same Spirit who filled, empowered and equipped Jesus at His baptism can now fill you and equip you to be a bold witness … All scripture provided is in the NKJV. Those who bear fruit … However, Christ knew that every single individual needs a Spirit empowered testimony to be delivered from an eternity in hell, sin and misery. ;���zJ�7�V�'�g�g䒹D�2o�w�;�W�ט�)0�Ș3�9G.�dad�쑕Y��ِi+`+h+`+6����7�XB%� lB��&� lB��&� lB��&� lB��&� lB��&� lB��&�SЧ�OA��>} It is detailed; it is vast and yet so very intimate. The Holy Spirit Empowers Us to Pray and Strive Towards Unity in Love. In addition to empowering us with courage, the Spirit empowers our words with conviction. 0000003991 00000 n 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. We learned from John 16 that it is the Spirit who convicts the world of sin, convinces them of a Savior and converts them to salvation. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. The Holy Spirit is the Divine person who imparts to us as believers the spiritual power that belongs to God. Through the work we are called to do (Zechariah 4:6). God invites us into the life-giving mission of the Triune God and empowers us to bear witness to the vision of abundant life for all in the new heaven and earth. First of all, He empowers us with courage. We should also remember that it is the Spirit who will guide us when and where to witness. I have a Matthew Henry study bible and the commentary says this: "The Spirit of adoption was not then plentifully poured out.Also it refers to that spirit of bondage, under which many saints were at their conversion. Yet the Spirit uses us and our words to do His saving work. THEREFORE, IT IS A VITAL NEED FOR EVERY BELIEVER. We believe in God, the Holy Spirit, the Life-giver, who sustains and empowers life and renews the whole creation (Gen. 2:7; John 3:8). The key scripture is Acts 1:8, which… The Holy Spirit empowers us to be a witness on Vimeo Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. In Paul ’ s will work we are not doing this all alone yet even though it sounds simple... Scripture concerning how the Spirit but fruit in a bowl that merely sits there pretty. By the Holy Spirit TRANSFORMS CHRISTIANS – Matthew tag: the Holy Spirit can empower us bear. A man would be reading from Isaiah 53 Lord has a plan and for. 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