Andrew Fountain - Love, Truth & Power from the Holy Spirit


Full sermon notes - Love, Truth & Power from the Holy Spirit

1. Introduction

  • The Scriptures speak of three ways in which the Holy Spirit transforms us;
    • Love, Truth & Power
  • He needs to be working in all three areas for us to be growing as balanced Christians

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1. Love is about a relationship with God that spills out into love shown to others

  • This personal relationship is at the core of what it means to be a Christian
  • Jesus came to bring us the love of the Father, and the Spirit applies this love to our hearts
  • Heart:

2. Truth is what sets us free

  • not just teaching, but a new way of thinking and believing, down to the very core of our being
  • Jesus is “the truth”, he came to teach us the way to life
  • The Holy Spirit caused Jesus’ words to be written in Scripture and applies this truth to our hearts and minds
  • He leads us day by day in the paths of truth
  • Mind:

3. Power

  • Love and truth lead to action
  • Hands: , so we can summarize: + =
  • The gifting and fruits of the Spirit bring about this power in our lives

Romans 8:1-16, 35-39

4. Conclusion

  • Three verses that put it all together:
  • Rom 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    • Paul “joy and peace” flow of course from our relationship with God
    • Paul ususally uses “hope” to refer to the truth of the gospel in which we put our trust
  • 2Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 Corinthians 13

  • 1Cor 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
    • faith —Paul has been talking about faith to do mighty works
    • hope —Paul has just referred to understanding the deepest mysteries of the truth of our hope in Christ
    • love —the greatest of them all
  • but we do need all three—and God has promised to give all of them to us if we ask him!
  • It is when we are demonstrating the love of God and declaring his truth, that he steps in with the power:
    • Acts 14:3 So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

Updated on 2012-02-06 by Andrew Fountain