Who Is the Holy Spirit?
What is This Person Like?
The Day of Pentecost
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
“Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this.” 1 Corinthians 12:1
You must have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit to impact the world in the way that you were created to
“Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.” Acts 1:8
“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.” Philippians 2:6-7 NLT
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” John 14:12 NLT
And watch how He follows that statement up:
“But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.” John 16:7
What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
No spiritual gift is greater or more necessary than the other.
The Holy Spirit gives us these gifts to help others
“To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 NLT
EVERY gift is available to us when we cultivate a true relationship with the Holy Spirit.
“Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” 1 Corinthians 14:26
“Let all things be done for edification.” 1 Corinthians 14:26
When we place ourselves where people are present the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to move.
- The Discerning Gifts
Word of Knowledge
The Holy Spirit, to see people healed, will reveal things to us that can draw out the pain in others.
Discerning of Spirits
“For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
Word of Wisdom
- The Declarative Gifts
Prophecy: A message of encouragement from God, delivered through a human vessel, to another person or persons
“But the one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.” 1 Corinthians 14:3
“Let your love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives – especially the ability to prophesy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1
“A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church” 1 Corinthians 14:4
Love is the central focus of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. God loves His children and desperately wants to communicate His love to them
- The Dynamic Gifts
The Gift of Special Faith
“but Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He fell to his knees shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” and with that, he died.” Acts 7:55-59
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
We serve a never changing God
Expectation is the breeding ground of miracles
- Be water baptized
- Receive the Holy Spirit