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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Life in the Spirit

Life in the Spirit #4
Duration:39 mins 46 secs
Life in the Spirit #4

1. Experiencing the Spirit in the Gospel
  • Every blessing in the Christian life flows from the gospel.
  • Luke 3:21-22
  • In the gospel, the declaration God gave to Jesus becomes ours.
Exodus 34:5-7 - the sense of God's presence and the awareness of God's saving acts went together.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18
  • Ephesians 3:18-21
  • We receive that fullness as we perceive how wide, long, high and deep the love of Christ is for us.
Galatians 3:1-5 – If you want to grow in the Spirit, put renewed faith in the gospel.
  • Galatians 2:20
  • The more alive your heart is in the gospel, the more in touch you will be the Spirit's direction for you.
2. Experiencing the Spirit in the Word of God.
  • What is God's will for me in this situation?
  • I have made some really bad decisions in my life and had perfect peace about it.
  • I have made some really good decisions in my life filled with fear and trembling.
  • I see in Scripture an enemy whose goal is precisely to give us peace about bad choices.
  • I see NOTHING in Scripture telling us to look for peace as proof the Spirit is behind something.
Reliable Guide... the most reliable guide to the will of God is the word of God.
  • Scripture spends more time focused on the type of people we should BE and less on the specifics of where and what we are to DO.
  • Ephesians 5:15-18; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 4:3
No Clear Direction???
1. Matters of Righteousness
2. Matters of Good judgement
3. Matters of Triviality

Proverbs 3:6 – if I am acknowledging him in all my ways, he promises to work behind the scenes to direct my path.
  • Don't lean on your abilities to figure it all out...lean on the willingness of the Shepherd to guide you.
Great Shepherd...
  • We can trust that the God who cares more for us than we do for ourselves will do his part to lead us in his paths for his great name's sake.


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