By comparing the teachings of Jesus and Paul we can see the cause and effect of a genuine conversion. For everything the Spirit does (in the gospels), there is a noticeable effect in the believer’s life. Some have called these effects, “religious affections.” They are something that only the Spirit can do and He does it in all believers, thus they are something like signs. We cannot manufacture them on our own, but we can and we must grow in each of them and, as we do, we will know what it means to “keep in step with the Spirit,” (Gal. 5:25).
Week 1 “For the Love of God” John 14:15-20, 23; Romans 8:15-17. Rev. Steve DeNeff
To every believer, Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would “be with us and would be in us,” that we would “not be orphans” but would “make our home” with Him. Yet many Christians struggle with the very problems this indwelling would resolve. One such problem is the assurance that we are Christians at all. What affect should God’s Spirit have on our capacity to love Him? How does He “testify with our spirit that we are God’s children?” This sermon will introduce the idea of religious affections, beginning with the love of God for God’s own sake.
Week 2 “Appetite” John 14:25-26; 1 Corinthians 2:9-1. Rev. Alex Mandura
As Christians, we believe Christ’s promise that the Holy Spirit is within us and active. Yet, why is it that some Christians seem to be more aware of the Holy Spirit “teaching and causing to remember” in their lives more than others? More specifically, why do some Christians seem to have a different passion and interest in Scripture? This sermon will investigate the work of the Holy Spirit and the role of believers in this relationship. By the end we should desire to grow in our appetite for comprehending what the Holy Spirit reveals.
Week 3 “Convict & Convince ” John 16:5-11; Romans 8:1-11. Rev. Beau Hamner
Many Christians today have adopted a “struggle theology” in which they are always battling sin and only sometimes winning. Too many of us seem to have an obligation to the sinful nature. We are caught in the same sins again and again. How does the believer respond to conviction, when it comes from the Holy Spirit How do we know when it does not? How do we put to death the same “misdeeds” that have haunted us for years? This sermon will explore another natural affection: An aversion to, and repudiation of all known sin.
Week 4 “Realistic Optimism ” John 14:27; 15:9-14; 16:33; Romans 15:13. Rev. Steve DeNeff
The natural man is restless until he finds his rest in God. But once we have, the Holy Spirit re-orders our interior world with the personality of God. Here is the source of our peace, joy, love and hope. But how does this differ from our temporary moods and emotions? How does God’s Spirit stabilize us even when everything is under water? This sermon will explore another of the Spirits affects: A realistic optimism in a troubled world.
Week 5 “The Spirit will Lead” John 16:12-15; Galatians 5:22-25. Rev. Matt Beck
Jesus has more to say to his disciples, but he will tell them in an extraordinary way: through the Spirit of truth. By taking a closer look at what Jesus said about how the Spirit would guide the disciples, we can learn how the Spirit is guiding us now. We may find that we are asking the wrong questions about “the will of God” and that the answers are already available in subtle and surprising ways.
Week 6 “The Believer and The Body” John 17:20-23, 25-26; Ephesians. 4:1-6. Rev. Steve DeNeff
For some, the most significant affect of the Holy Spirit is that He joins us to fellow believers, to whom we belong. In Paul’s letters, three metaphors explain how, exactly, the Spirit does this: A body, a family and a temple. In each, the Spirit does something miraculous to join us to the people of God who serve to assist the Holy Spirit in forming us. This last sermon will explore this crucial link between the individual believer and the Body of Christ.