The First Baptism
Before Jesus came, John baptized people with water to show (public declaration) that they turned to God and away from their sins, in order to be forgiven.
Baptized in The Name of the Holy Spirit
(Luke 24:49- “And now I will send the Holy Spirit upon you, just as my Father promised. Don’t begin telling others yet—stay here in the city until* the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”)
(Matthew 28:19- Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit)
A synonym for advocate is spokesman. We don’t always know what to say, but as we’re led by the Holy Spirit, He will speak for us. (Luke 12:11-12- “And when you are brought to trial before these Jewish rulers and authorities in the synagogues, don’t be concerned about what to say in your defense, for the Holy Spirit will give you the right words even as you are standing there.”)
Jesus told them that the Holy Spirit would give them the power to testify about Him with great effect. When Peter preached his words moved them deeply. EFFECTIVE- Just like He said.
When Peter preached, they were stung (cut) to the heart and asked what they should do and 3000 were saved. When Stephen preached, they were stung to fury and stoned him. When we preach people will either accept the Word or reject it.
(John 14:26-27- But when the Father sends the Comforter instead of me*—and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit—He will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.) Things from the world only give a false sense of security and they’re fleeting. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter that gives us everlasting peace because God is everlasting. (Acts 2:25- For David says of Him, “I saw the Lord constantly before me; For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken [from my state of security].) We are secure when we have God. (Matthew 28:19-20- Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”)
· Jesus resides in us as the Holy Spirit- in a way that never ends or changes; constantly.
· No matter what.
· All the time.
It’s comforting knowing that He is always with us.
Guide & Teacher
(John 16:13- When the Holy Spirit, who is truth, comes, He shall guide you into all truth, for He will not be presenting His own ideas, but will be passing on to you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future.)
1 Corinthians 2
The Holy Spirit uncovers and reveals God to us. He searches diligently- constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything:) exploring and examining everything- inspect (someone or something) in detail to determine their nature or condition; investigate thoroughly. Sounding the profound and bottomless things of God- expressing the complex and never-ending things of God, things concealed and greater than man’s understanding. -
· We all have the same Holy Spirit.
· Only He can comprehend the thoughts of God and He passes them on to us.
· You should be going deeper. Just like kids are excited to dive in the deep end at the pool, you should be excited to dive deeper in our relationship with God.
· It’s important to know God for yourself.
· It’s great to have a pastor, but the same God who speaks to them will speak to you. So many times, we listen to a message and are wondering how the speaker got that revelation, but it’s because they dug deep.
· We must be willing to dive deep or we will have a surface level relationship with God.
· Don’t be shallow with God. Synonyms for shallow are superficial, simplistic, surface, empty and trivial- of little value or importance.
· Seek Him diligently and He will tell you His secrets.
· Synonyms for shallow are superficial, simplistic, surface, empty and trivial- of little value or importance.
(John 14:6- Jesus told him, “I am the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me.) The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. Jesus is the truth, so the Holy Spirit guides us so we can live the way Jesus lived, a life that will be pleasing to God. (John 1:1- In the beginning [before all time] was the Word ( Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.) Jesus is the living Word. The Holy Spirit helps us understand the Word (Bible) which is us understanding God.
The Holy Spirit orders our steps. He tells us where to go and what to do.
It’s so important to be in tune with the Holy Spirit and listen to His promptings.
The Eunuch needed someone to guide him correctly. The Holy Spirit is our guide and He lived in Philip, so Philip through the Holy Spirit was able to help him understand what he was reading about the Prophet Isaiah. It’s important to pray before reading. Don’t just read for the sake of reading. Read the Bible with the Holy Spirit and He will give you understanding, wisdom and revelation as you read.
Jesus prayed for His people on earth and He is in heaven praying for us now. (Hebrews 7:25- Therefore He is able also to save forever (completely, perfectly, for eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede and intervene on their behalf [with God].) Jesus doesn’t just intercede for us (personally), but also for others THROUGH us. Intercession isn’t just for God’s will to be done in OUR lives, but EVERYONE’S life.
The Church interceded on Peter’s behalf and the day before he was to be executed, an angel was sent to rescue him from jail.
Standby means readiness for duty. The Holy Spirit is always ready to do what needs to be done to fulfill God’s will for our lives.
The Holy Spirit is everlasting.
Jesus didn’t leave us desolate (empty) He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us. He didn’t leave us comfortless, He sent the Comforter. He didn’t leave us helpless, He sent the Helper.
The Holy Spirit is a gift. (Acts 2:38- And Peter replied, “Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit.) We should be grateful that God doesn’t leave us here to figure things out on our own. He came to live in us as our Advocate, Comforter, Guide, Teacher, Intercessor and so much more.
1. What did you get out of tonight’s lesson?