We Are Access – We Are Spirit-Empowered

Pastor Jason Burns

April 21, 2024

  • We are a Spirit-Empowered church

Acts 1:4-5, 8  //  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

  • Dunamis

Acts 17:6 (NKJV)  //  These who have turned the world upside down have come here too…

  • What is it?
  • Cessationism
  • Practical Cessationists
  • We reject things we don’t understand.
  • He is not an it.
    • God the Father
    • God the Son
    • God the Holy Spirit
    • God for us
    • God with us
    • God in us
  • Ruach – a wind, breath, a violent exhalation, blast of breath.

Genesis 1:1-2  //  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

  • Pneuma – a current of air, blast of breath, a strong breeze.
  • He’s not weird.
  • He is my inner voice.

John 16:8  //  “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.”

1 Corinthians 12:3  //  No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

  • He is my teacher.

John 14:26  //  “But the Counselor, 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.”

1 John 2:27 (NLT)  //  But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know...

  • He is my guide.

John 16:13  //  “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

Isaiah 30:21  //  Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

  • He is my friend.

John 14:16  //  “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.”

  • Parakletos

2 Corinthians 13:14 (MSG)  //  “The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.”

Ephesians 4:30 (MSG)  //  Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.

  • “Holy Spirit show me.”

Ezekiel 36:26-27  //  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

Psalm 139:23-24  //  “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

  • “Holy Spirit change me.”

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NLT)  //  For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom... And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

  • "Holy Spirit fill me.”

Ephesians 5:18  //  “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”

Acts 13:52 (NASB)  //  And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

  • Being filled with the Holy Spirit doesn’t make me better than you, it makes me better than me.