Up to this point in our Holy Spirit series, we have mostly focused on the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the individual believer. In our final week, Pentecost Sunday, we’ll turn to see the Holy Spirit as The Power, specifically the one who empowers the church for its work and mission in the world.
All of us have moments and situations in which we cry out for comfort because we are hurting in some way. Likewise, we all taste discouragement and even hopelessness from time to time. On Sunday we will explore how we can experience the Holy Spirit as the One God sends to help encourage and comfort us.
We now have the intimate guiding presence of God available to us any time, any place, through the intimate presence of the Holy Spirit. But how exactly does the Holy Spirit guide us? We’ll see this week that the main way the Spirit guides us is through His Word, as he makes his will plain and gives us the power to live in accordance with it.
Last week we began our 5 week series on the Holy Spirit by seeing that Jesus calls the Holy Spirit “the Helper.” But what does the Spirit help us with? This Sunday we’ll see that one of the main things that the Spirit helps us with is becoming more like Jesus - or what is often called “sanctification.”
This week we begin our new sermon series, Come, Holy Spirit! Over the next five weeks we’ll be exploring in more depth the person of the Holy Spirit, who the Spirit is, and what the Spirit does. As we kick off this new series this week we’ll be looking at those things more broadly by reading from John 15:26 and 16:7-15.