The Holy Spirit

Sermon Series: Heidelberg Catechism

The Holy Spirit

August 03, 2017 - August 06, 2017

Mark 1:1-8

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Henry Kim

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The Holy Spirit

Mark 1:1-8

I.      Introduction

a.    Heidelberg Question 53

b.    Bit-O-Honey – A touch of the Holy Spirit is what most people think of when they think of the Holy Spirit’s role in a Christian’s life

c.     John the Baptist – The one who is coming will “baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

d.    Illustration: Baseball Stadiums – Useless without the players

e.    John the Baptist’s main idea in Mark 1 is that Confession and Repentance are important, but what they’re building to is one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.

f.      What does that mean and look like?

g.    Romans 14:17 - For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

II.    Righteousness

a.    Definition: Living life in the right or proper way.

b.    The problem is that we try, but we fail.

                i.          Jealousy

              ii.          Anger

            iii.          Pride

             iv.          Pettiness

              v.          Laziness

c.     I need a couch or mentor to both help me and guild me to change and be. Instead of trying to do, the Holy Spirit allows us to “BE” righteous.

d.    Illustration from Pastor Noel Heikinnen: 
Down through history, the predominant viewpoint has been that what we do determines who we are. We've all heard the old adage, "You are what you eat." This isn't a new school of thought. Aristotle wrote, "We are what we repeatedly do." A recent TED talk declared, "You are what you tweet." Each one of these proclamations, while carrying a significant nugget of truth, gets the core message of the gospel backward. Frank Zappa, of all people, got it right: "You are what you is." In other words, it's not what we do that determines who we are; rather, who we are determines what we do. This is the biblical paradigm.

e.    We are righteous when we have the Holy Spirit

III.  Peace

a.    Peace. It is I; don’t be afraid. My peace I leave with you. My peace I give you.

b.    The Holy Spirit is the thing that lets us walk even when the world seems to be falling apart around us.

c.     The Holy Spirit gives us a connection with God that is profound and overwhelming.

IV.  Joy

a.    Feelings are always up and down

b.    Joy is different – We have joy because of the Holy Spirit

c.     God enters into our lives in a tangible way through the power of the Holy Spirit.

V.    So How Do I do this?

a.    How to I allow the Spirit to come out? How do I become drenched in the Holy Spirit?

b.    Confess and repent

                i.          Confession is hard

1.    I didn’t start it (Misplaced Justice)

2.    Embarrassment

3.    Pride

              ii.          Repent

1.    Turn about

            iii.          Freedom

c.     Cedar Campus – Small Group the first year – More successful pastors. I needed to confess and repent. It freed me, and allowed me to enjoy Cedar Campus in a complete way.

VI.  Conclusion

a.    If want this Peace and Joy but don’t know Jesus as you savior consider it today. Consider what it means to be a part of the community and commit to God. New members classes in the fall.

b.    If you already follow Jesus think of ways you can confess and repent to have the freedom and can enjoy the bounty of the Holy Spirit. And help others you know enjoy that bounty. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guild in your conversations and provide an opportunity for an invitation.

I want to be immersed in the baptism of the Holy Spirit… Don’t You?

To contact Henry Kim about this sermon, please email or write to: Brunswick Presbyterian Church, 42 White Church Lane, Troy, NY 12180