I Believe in the Holy Spirit – Matt Chandler [The Village Church: The Apostles’ Creed (Part 9)]

October 25, 2015 The Village Church

The Apostles’ Creed (Part 9)

When it comes to the Holy Spirit, people tend to think wrongly about who He is and what He does. People tend to equate the Holy Spirit to emotionalism and spontaneity. They remove the Holy Spirit often times from all beauty of the biblical text that informs us of what He does and they make Him singular in that what He does is He brings these weird gifts that nobody understands, but that we all should want. I am not saying that the Holy Spirit doesn’t bring those gifts. What I am saying is that to reduce Him to that is to rob us  from the essence and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit’s role could be best understood as ransoming us from the type of spiritual orphans that we are and bringing us into a home where there is deep and abiding optimism that transcends our circumstances. That’s what the Holy Spirit of God does and so when we’re gonna talk about ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit, we’re gonna get that much more robust than the bringer of the sign gifts.

We are going to look at Jesus’s teaching on the Holy Spirit in John 14:18-29-

John 14:18-29New International Version (NIV)

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.

The Apostles’ Creed (Part 9) – I Believe in the Holy Spirit from The Village Church on Vimeo.

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