The Filling of the Holy Spirit


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

“The Holy Spirit is a person to be followed, not a power to be used.”

1. The Holy Spirit Has A Mind

Romans 8:26-27 – “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the MIND of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

2. The Holy Spirit Has Emotions

Ephesians 4:30 – “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. ”

3. The Holy Spirit Has A Will

1 Corinthians 12:11 – “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.”

“The degree to which you experience His filling is fully dependent on the depth of your relationship with Him.”

To develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit, you need to… Quiet The Noise

After quieting the noise in your life, you have to… Tune In and Listen

-How do we tune into the Holy Spirit’s voice each day? The first way is through… Scripture

For it is through the Word that God reveals Himself. This is not a dead book between the covers; this is a living book. God wrote it and it is still alive. This book is still alive; it is a living, vibrant book. God is in this book. The Holy Spirit is in this book. And if you want to find Him go into the book. – A.W. Tozer

The next way to tune into the Spirit is through… Prayer

The third way to tune into the Spirit is through… People

The last way to tune into the Spirit is through... Repentance

Finally, if you want to cultivate a deep relationship with the Holy Spirit, not only do you need to quiet the noise, tune in and listen, but you have to… Move

Galatians 5:25 – If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

Honor Christ and the Holy Spirit will honor you. Always remember that you will know the Spirit more intimately as you make more of Jesus Christ the Lord.” – A.W. Tozer

Notes

Q1: Was there ever a time in your life that listening and obeying the Holy Spirit was very important but you failed to engage him in prayer or obedience? If appropriate, share your story with the group.

Read Romans 8:26,27, Ephesians 4:30, and 1 Corinthians 12:11

Q2: Why do you think it is difficult for some people to think of the Holy Spirit as a person rather than as a “power” or “force”?

Q3: In Pastor James’ message we learned that, “The degree to which you experience the filling of the Holy Spirit is fully dependent on the depth of your relationship with Him”. Four ways to build our relationship with the Spirit were given:

  • 1. Quiet the noise in your life and pray
  • 2. Tune in and listen through the word
  • 3. Learn from others (pastors, teachers, group leaders, friends)
  • 4. Humble yourself in repentance

Which one of these do you feel helps you grow the most in your relationship with the Spirit? Why?

Read Galatians 5:25

Q4: A.W. Tozer wrote, “Honor Christ and the Holy Spirit will honor you. Always remember that you will know the Spirit more intimately as you make more of Jesus Christ the Lord.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Q5: Has there been a time in your life when you knew the Holy Spirit was leading you to move in obedience toward something, and when you obeyed you saw a clear blessing? If appropriate, share your story with the group.

Consider closing your group time in quiet prayer. Maybe listen to some worship music and just let the Holy Spirit speak to your hearts.

Our Groups team is throwing a summertime party! If you’re taking the summer off, consider joining us for our Summer Sessions coming June 23, 30 and July 14, 21 at the church. Check out these topics for married couples:

June 23 – From How to Wow!

June 30 – Covenant Lovers…

July 14 – Men vs. Women: We’re Different!

July 21 – Making Up Without Breaking Up!

*Come as a group or individual couples. 

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