Beginning May 5th, we are diving into a new sermon series on the Holy Spirit. I am both excited and apprehensive. Excited because the Bible (and Jesus) put a huge emphasis on the ongoing activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the world. Apprehensive because how can any human being teach in a way that honors every facet of the Holy Spirit.
This series has been in the making for a few years now. Beginning about three years ago I began receiving a request nearly every Sunday morning—and usually it was an older person making the request—for me to preach a series on the Holy Spirit. It usually went something like this, “Josh, will you please preach a sermon series on the Holy Spirit one day, because I no longer believe what I was taught about the Holy Spirit growing up, but I’m not sure what to replace it with.” One thing is certain if you take the Bible seriously, spiritual growth, development, and maturity cannot happen without the Spirit. It’s not that it can possibly happen. It can’t happen.
Justin Ardrey and I had numerous conversations about what to call this series. We had a list of twelve that we narrowed down to four. He asked some great questions about what we are trying to communicate through titles, words, and images. After numerous conversations, we settled on Forgotten God. It might sound extreme, but I couldn’t find another title which embodied the current state of the function, acknowledgement, and understanding of the Holy Spirit in churches in the Western world.
Forgotten God was a book Francis Chan wrote a few years ago on the Holy Spirit. It was a good book. It was a great title! There will be truths and stories I will tell from Chan’s book throughout this series, but in no way am I preaching his book as the primary foundation for this series. I’ve read numerous books in preparation for this study, but most importantly, I’ve spent countless hours in Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, and 1 Thessalonians; just to name a few.
Please join me as we embark in what may be the most important studies in our spiritual journey together. Below you will find an outline with passages I will preach on throughout this series. Spend time with these verses. Get to know them. Let them get inside of you. Most importantly, let’s learn to pray as the early church did, that our hearts and lives will be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
May 5 Introduction—(Chris Seidman from Farmers Branch Church)
May 12 (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:1-8)
Focus: “Clothed with the power from on high”
May 19 (Galatians 5:16-26, Senior Sunday—Jim Hinkle)
Focus: Fruit of the Spirit
May 26 (John 14-15)
Focus: Jesus’ promises about the coming Holy Spirit
June 2 (Mac and Mary Owen—Guest Speakers)
June 9 (John 16)
Focus: Jesus’ promises about the coming Holy Spirit (continued)
June 16 (Acts 2)
Focus: More than history. Does Pentecost still happen?
June 23 (Acts 4-8)
Focus: Highlight the Spirit as message spreads in Judea/Samaria
June 30 (Acts 13-20)
Focus: Highlight the Spirit moving throughout the world (Paul)
July 7 (Acts 5 & Matthew 12:31-32)
Focus: Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
July 14 (Mike Cope—Guest Speaker)
July 21 (Romans 8—Eric Wilson)
Focus: Spirit ushers us into LIFE & freedom
July 28 (Romans 8)
Focus: Intercedes and helps us in weakness
Aug 4 (Mission Celebration Sunday—Luke 10:17-21)
Aug 11 (Ephesians 4:21-5:1 & 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22)
Focus: Grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit
Aug 18 (Galatians 3:1-5 & 6:1)
Focus: Living as people who have been supplied with the Spirit
Aug 25 (1 Corinthians 2)
Focus: Demonstrations of the Spirit’s power matter
The Spirit searches everything
Sept 1 (1 Corinthians 12-14)
Focus: The Gifts of the Spirit
Sept 8 (1 Corinthians 12-14)
Focus: The Gifts of the Spirit—Part 2
Sept 15 (Romans 14:17 & 1 Thessalonians 1:6)
Focus: The Joy of the Spirit
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013
by Josh Ross