THE HOLY SPIRIT - TRINITY
THEME - HOLY SPIRIT WEEK 1 - APRIL 8, 2018 10AM - THE TRINITY
ALL OUR PREACHING IS BASED ON THE BELIEF THAT THE BIBLE IS DIVINELY INSPIRED AND INERRANT. –See podcasts
We are a Pentecostal church, and God intended for His people to be led by the Holy Spirit and to be powerful. There is a second experience after salvation. The equipping experience.
Acts 1:8 AMP
But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.
Our survey on Passionate Spirituality revealed that for many in our church, they have not experienced baptism of the Holy Spirit and are yet to experience speaking in tongues. Our church is blessed with people from many different backgrounds of church experience and denominational variation. The teaching of many churches varies concerning the experience we have in being empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Are you open to hear from God and to even change what you believe based on biblical evidence?
Listen to the podcasts if for any reason you are away. We are teaching on the Holy Spirit for two months.
In Christianity we believe in one God existing in three persons, Father Son and Holy Spirit. The Christian faith is faith in a Triune God. In the New Testament the Son is given a Triune name – Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s oneness and unity cannot be affirmed too vigorously. Jesus affirmed Moses statement Mark 12:29 Hear oh Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Trinity shows up in the Old Testament
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God (Elohim) is plural.
Gen 1:26 AMP God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
The Baptism of Jesus
Mark 1:9-11 AMP In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when He came up out of the water, at once he [John] saw the heavens torn open and the [Holy] Spirit like a dove coming down [to enter] into Him. 11 And there came a voice out from within heaven, You are My Beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.
The Great Commission
Matt 28:19 AMP Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them [a]into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
The prayer for all saints from Paul.
2 Corinthians 13:14 (AMPC)
14 The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the presence and fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so be it).
ONE THING TO KNOW – YOU CAN KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM - A CONVERSATION WITH HIM.
The Nicene Creed.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth, of things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the begotten of God the Father, the Only-begotten, that is of the essence of the Father. God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten and not made; of the very same nature of the Father, by Whom all things came into being, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Who for us humanity and for our salvation came down from heaven, was incarnate, was made human, was born perfectly of the holy virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit. By whom He took body, soul, and mind, and everything that is in man, truly and not in semblance. He suffered, was crucified, was buried, rose again on the third day, ascended into heaven with the same body, [and] sat at the right hand of the Father. He is to come with the same body and with the glory of the Father, to judge the living and the dead; of His kingdom there is no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, in the uncreated and the perfect; Who spoke through the Law, prophets, and Gospels; Who came down upon the Jordan, preached through the apostles, and lived in the saints. We believe also in only One, Universal, Apostolic, and [Holy] Church; in one baptism in repentance, for the remission, and forgiveness of sins; and in the resurrection of the dead, in the everlasting judgement of souls and bodies, and the Kingdom of Heaven and in the everlasting life.
God is love. Quote C S Lewis
In speaking about the relationship between the Father and the Son, Much the most important thing to know is that it is a relation of love. The Father delights in His Son; the Son looks up to His Father. Before going on, notice the practical importance of this. All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that "God is love," But they seem not to notice that the words "God is love" have no real meaning unless God contains at least two Persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, He was not love. Of course, what these people mean when they say that God is love is often something quite different: they really mean "Love is God."
They really mean that our feelings of love, however and wherever they arise, and whatever results they produce, are to be treated with great respect. Perhaps they are: but that is something quite different from what Christians mean by the statement "God is love." They believe that the living, dynamic activity of love has been going on in God for ever and has created everything else. And that, by the way, is perhaps the most important difference between Christianity and all other religions: that in Christianity, God is not a static thing—not even a person—but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance. The Third of the three Persons who are God. This third Person is called, in technical language, the Holy Ghost or the "spirit" of God. Do not be worried or surprised if you find Him rather vaguer or more shadowy in your mind than the other two. I think there is a reason why that must be so. In the Christian life you are not usually looking at Him: He is always acting through you. If you think of the Father as something "out there," in front of you, and of the Son as someone standing at your side, helping you to pray, trying to turn you into another son, then you have to think of the third Person as something inside you, or behind you. Perhaps some people might find it easier to begin with the third Person and work backwards. God is love, and that love works through men—especially through the whole community of Christians. But this spirit of love is, from all eternity, a love going on between the Father and Son. And now, what does it all matter? It matters more than anything else in the world. The whole dance, or drama, or pattern of this three-Personal life is to be played out in each one of us: or (putting it the other way round) each one of us has got to enter that pattern, take his place in that dance. There is no other way to the happiness for which we were made.
The trinity is referred to as the Godhead in
Colossians 2:10 (AMPC)
10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].
Each member of the Godhead is a person
Each member of the Godhead is God.
The Father is God – The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Father is not his name but speaks of His relationship with Jesus and with every believer. God the Father is your father. Jesus said I and the Father will come and make our abode with you. John
The Son is God, - In the beginning was the word and the word was God – John 1:1. Before Abraham was I AM – took up stones to kill him for blasphemy.
The Holy Spirit is God – The Spirit of Truth proceeding from the Father John 15:26
The persons of the Godhead are distinct – The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit. They are three distinct persons, yet fully one in all their knowledge, understanding, will and actions. They are not merely three different titles or expressions of the one God, but three persons acting in complete unity together.
The Son is the only begotten of the Father, and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and is sent forth in the earth to empower the saints to be witnesses of the Lord Jesus and take the gospel to the whole earth.
ONE THING TO DO – TALK TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, MAKE HIM YOUR FRIEND AND ASK HIM TO FILL YOU EVERYDAY.