September 23, 2018 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1867
#17 in series
THE UPPER ROOM: THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT
The Power of His Presence
This evening we start a three-part mini series within the Upper Room series on John chapter 16. These three messages will examine the ministry of the Holy Spirit as Jesus taught His disciples about the Spirit prior to His crucifixion.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
“The overall thrust of the farewell discourse is to comfort the disciples in light of Jesus’ announced and imminent departure. He has assured them that God’s presence will continue with them and take on a new level of intimacy (14:15-24). In John 14:25, 26 Jesus connects the Paraclete’s ministry with His own. Just as the Paraclete will be not only with them but also in them (14:17), so also the Paraclete will teach them all things (14:25,26).” – James. M. Hamilton, Jr.
I. THE BACKGROUND AND SETTING
In the first 12 chapters of John’s Gospel, there are multiple statements regarding the Holy Spirit and His ministry.
As the Paraclete, the Spirit has specific roles in our lives:
II. THE COMING OF THE SPIRIT
On this last night of His earthly ministry, Jesus reveals to the disciples the secret of His own life – the principle and power by which He operated.
III. THE CONVICTING MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT
“They were faced with the impossible task of preaching a crucified Jesus as the majestic Son of God, and God’s glorious Redeemer. Who would believe that He who died a felon’s death on a Roman cross was Emmanuel! Thank God we are not sent to war at our own charges! The Holy Spirit stands by and corroborates our simple testimony.” – James A. Stewart
“If Jesus was, while truly God, taking man’s place before God, representative and substitutionary, and eventually – as man – goes to the Father, then, seeing that no unrighteous man will ever be in the presence of the Father, the whole question of righteousness must have been se led in Him as a Man for man.” – T. Austin Sparks
How righteous was Jesus?
“The Spirit of God identified us with Jesus Christ, and we were buried with Him, raised with Him, and made alive with Him! (The Greek verbs are very expressive: co-buried, co-raised, and co-made alive.)” – Warren Wiersbe
Look at what Jesus did:
The world should look at us, the church, and see we are walking in contrast to the world’s system.
The world should look at the church and see people who’ve been set free!
IV. THE TEACHING MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT