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by Dr Gregory Magruder | June 23, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 06/23/19
“The Fruit of the Spirit"
Galatians 5:22 – 26
INTRODUCTION: Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39). Love God. Love others. Love yourself. How do we do that? We can only love effectively by the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) and “if we live by the Spirit” we should “also keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). If we walk in the Spirit, we will bear fruit. Our life and character will reflect Christ and exude love. The Spirit yields fruit that expresses love for God, love for others, and love for ourselves. Paul lists the fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.
THE SPIRIT YIELDS THE FRUIT OF LOVE FOR GOD.
*The works of the flesh (5:19-21) are contrasted with the fruit of the Spirit (5:22-23). The fruit of the Spirit are the virtues of Christ and the character of the Christian. The indwelling Holy Spirit shapes us to be like Jesus Christ.
*The first 3 characteristics express our relationship with God. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace” (5:22).
- Love – love is the source of all the fruit. The Spirit produces love toward God. Love is the basis of all relationships
- Joy – love toward God creates a joy that is greater than our circumstances.
- Peace – the Spirit gives us assurance that we are in right relationship with God.
THE SPIRIT YIELDS THE FRUIT OF LOVE FOR OTHERS.
*The next three fruit reflect our conduct and interactions with other people. “But the fruit of the Spirit is…patience, kindness, goodness” (5:22).
- Patience – It literally means “longsuffering.” The Spirit enables us to endure opposition without retaliation.
- Kindness – a gentle spirit towards other people. A genuine care and concern for our neighbor.
- Goodness – kindness expressed in action. The Spirit leads us to help someone in need.
THE SPIRIT YIELDS FRUIT OF LOVE FOR OURSELVES.
*The Holy Spirit wants us to be like Jesus. The Spirit changes our inner selves to have a character and disposition that is Christ-like. Our character is revealed by what we do and how we live. “But the fruit of the Spirit is…faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (5:22-23).
- Faithfulness – fidelity or trustworthiness is a mark of Christian character.
- Gentleness - “Meekness” is having a spirit that is submissive to God’s will, teachable, and under control.
- Self-control – placing our desires, emotions, passions, and appetites under the discipline and restraint of the Holy Spirit.
*All the fruit of the Spirit will be present in the life of a Christian who is daily choosing to live for Jesus. The Holy Spirit will change us over time to reflect the character of Christ. “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (5:24-25).
If we walk in the Spirit, we will bear fruit.
by Dr Gregory Magruder | June 16, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 06/16/19
“Walk in the Spirit"
Ephesians 5:18 – 6:9
INTRODUCTION: Today is Father’s Day. We honor our fathers for their sacrifices and their direction. We also recognize and honor godly men who lead Christ’s church whether they are fathers or not. Men have a unique role in representing Christ. They are challenged to love their wives, serve like Christ, and prepare their children for life. Godly men are to lead their homes and their church in the Spirit of Christ. How are we to walk in the Spirit? Paul gives guidelines in Ephesians 5 and 6 for men, women, children, and society. We will focus on men today and challenge all men to walk in the Spirit.
NURTURE THE SPIRITUAL SIDE OF YOUR LIFE (5:18-20).
*It takes spiritual power to live a life of grace and love. Let the Holy Spirit stimulate your life and actions. Avoid competing stimulants. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit (5:18).
*A person of praise and joy encourages people to have hope. “Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart (5:18-19).
*Thanksgiving is an attitude of gratitude that always looks for the good in others. “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (5:20).
COOPERATE WITH OTHERS FOR CHRIST’S SAKE (5:21).
*Respect and cooperation build bridges to strong relationships.
The practice of “mutual submission” leads to good relationships. “submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ” (5:21).
*A marriage built on mutual love and respect endures. “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord… Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her… because we are members of his body. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (5:22-33).
SERVE JESUS AT HOME AND ON THE JOB (6:1-9).
*Followers of Jesus develop good relationships in their marriages, home lives, work demands, and daily contacts.
- The responsibility of parents especially fathers: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (6:4).
- The responsibility of workers: “obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free” (6:5-8).
The challenge today for all of us:
Be filled with the Spirit, treat others with love and respect, and serve Jesus with all your heart.
by Dr Gregory Magruder | June 9, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 06/09/19
1 Corinthians 12:1-31
INTRODUCTION: This is Pentecost Sunday. Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem and receive power from on high. Then Jesus was taken up into heaven (Acts 1:1-10). Pentecost marks the outpouring of the Holy Spirit 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus. He has poured out his Holy Spirit on us to establish his church and live within us. The Holy Spirit wants to launch you and me on an adventure to become all God intended us to be. Therefore, the Holy Spirit empowers us for service (Acts 1:8) and distributes gifts to the church for ministry (1 Cor. 12). God uniquely gifts every Christian and every church for the mission he wants them to complete in the world. The Holy Spirit is the giver of those gifts. We discover this in 1 Corinthians 12:1-31.
THE HOLY SPIRIT DISTRIBUTES…
GOD – GIVEN GIFTS (1-7).
*Spiritual gifts are for believers. Now concerning spiritual gifts…no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit… For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…and all were made to drink of one Spirit (1-3, 13). You must be saved before you are gifted: And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized…in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
*These gifts are spiritual in nature. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (7).
*They are given by the Triune God. It is “the same Spirit…the same Lord…the same God who empowers them all in everyone” (4-6).
INDIVIDUAL GIFTS (7-11).
*The Spirit determines your gift. The Spirit “apportions to each one individually as he wills” (11). Note that verses 7-11 say “to one is given…to another.” You are responsible for your personal gift.
*The Spirit gives the gifts at the point of salvation: “all were made to drink of one Spirit” (13). Your gift is unique to you: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:8-10).
God saves you for service.
FUNCTIONAL GIFTS (12-18).
*Your individual gift belongs to the community of believers. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ (12). There are many gifts with different purposes (14-17).
*God decides which gifts you receive and what part you have in the body of Christ. God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose (18).
TEAM-ORIENTED GIFTS (19-27).
*You are part of a team. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body (19-20). The parts do not function alone (21-24).
*We need each other’s support. But God has so composed the body…that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another…Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it (24-27).
SERVING GIFTS (28-34).
*Spiritual gifts operate best through the church. Gifts are designed for service. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues (28).
*Gifts are used in a variety of ministries. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? (29-30).
*All gifts are to be used in the spirit of love. But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way (31).
-Are you a believer? Do you know your spiritual gift? Are you using your gift in the power of the Spirit in a community of believers?
-The Holy Spirit wants to launch you into ministry for the great adventure of discovering why God put you here in this world.
by Dr Gregory Magruder | June 2, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 06/02/19
“The Power of the Holy Spirit"
INTRODUCTION: This is Ascension Sunday. It marks the ascension of Jesus into heaven 40 days after his resurrection. Jesus had appeared to his disciples many times and proved he had risen from the dead. Jesus told his disciples that the gospel would be preached to all nations. They were to be his witnesses. They were to wait in Jerusalem and receive power from on high. Then Jesus was taken up into heaven (Acts 1:1-3). Ascension Day celebrates Jesus’ return to his Father. He intercedes for us there. But he did not leave us alone. He has poured out his Holy Spirit on us so that he is present with us wherever we may be.
JESUS ASCENDED SO WE COULD BE…
BAPTIZED WITH THE SPIRIT (ACTS 1:4-5).
*Jesus established his body (the Church) on the day of Pentecost by pouring out his Spirit on his followers. The immersion in or baptism of the Spirit is a one-time event for new believers that makes them part of the community of Christ. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (4-5).
*We are baptized in the Spirit at our new birth and the moment of salvation. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).
*Every time the gospel went to a new place there was evidence of a baptism of the Spirit to confirm that the new believers were part of the Body of Christ. Examples include Pentecost (Acts 2), Caesarea (Acts 10), and Ephesus (Acts 19).
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT (ACTS 1:6-8).
*Once the believer is baptized into the church by the Spirit, the believer is empowered by the Spirit to do the work of the church. Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (6-8).
*There is one baptism of the Spirit, but there are many infillings of the Spirit. We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
*The Holy Spirit fills us with power to do God’s will and work. Acts has many examples of fresh infillings of the Spirit. The Spirit gives boldness to speak the word (Peter in Acts 4:8 and the church in Acts 4:31). The Spirit filled the first deacons (Acts 6:3) and Stephen, the first martyr (Acts 7:55).
ON MISSION WITH THE SPIRIT (ACTS 1:8-9).
*The Holy Spirit empowers God’s people to be witnesses. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight (8-9).
*The Holy Spirit moves the church into the world to proclaim Good News of salvation. The Acts of the Apostles is a record of how the Holy Spirit advanced the gospel message. Philip is a good example of how the Spirit moved. Phillip the Evangelist was Spirit-filled and served as a deacon in Jerusalem (Acts 6:3). He preached in Samaria (Acts 8:5-6) and then witnessed to the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-39). Philip evangelized up and down the coast of Judea and settled in Caesarea (Acts 8:40). Philip was on mission with the Spirit of God and the vision of Jesus.
Does the Holy Spirit empower your life?
*God’s Spirit is like breath.
- Breathe Out
- Breathe In
by Dr Gregory Magruder | May 26, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 05/26/19
INTRODUCTION: We daily face the struggle to do right and not do wrong. We constantly face impulses and drives that pull us in the wrong direction. We also recognize the inner voice that keeps us moving forward and rejoices when we overcome our temptations. We are in a fight for our souls. We are part of a larger battle between good and evil. We are the ground troops in spiritual warfare. We daily battle forces that try to keep us from doing God’s will. We are in a struggle with the world, the flesh and the devil. Matthew 4:1-11, shows how Jesus faced the same struggle and how the Holy Spirit helped him to overcome temptation to sin. The Holy Spirit helps us in our spiritual battles as well. God gives us the grace to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Jesus faced the same struggles that we face (Hebrews 2:18).
Jesus was tested and tempted but never sinned (Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus was tempted in the flesh (Matthew 4:1-4).
Jesus was tempted with the world (4:5-7).
Jesus was tempted to follow the devil (4:8-11).
You can love the world or love Jesus (Matthew 16:24-28).
The love of the world is defined as the illicit cravings of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the arrogant boasting about position and possessions (1 John 2:15-16).
Following the world is a dead end (1 John 2:17).
Following the world makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4).
We overcome the world through faith (1 John 5:1-5).
We overcome the world by placing our mind on the things of God (Romans 12:1-2).
The flesh in biblical terms is the inner bent to sin and to do the things that do not please God (Romans 7:15-25).
The flesh is not our skin or body but rather the inward part of me that rebels against God (Galatians 5:19-21).
How do we overcome the lust of the flesh?
-We depend upon the victory of Jesus Christ (Romans 7:25-8:4).
-Jesus destroyed sin’s power on the cross and set us free to live for God (1 Peter 2:24).
-Jesus gave us his Spirit so we can choose to say no to the flesh and yes to God (Romans 8:8-13).
-We have the moment by moment choice to follow sin or to follow God (Romans 6:11-14).
Jesus destroyed the devil and his power (Hebrews 2:14-18 and 1 John 3:8).
We are to renounce the world, confess our sins, and resist the devil (James 4:1-10).
We are to put on the armor of God and stand against the devil (Ephesians 6:10-18).
We are to trust God and be alert (1 Peter 5:6-11).
We are not to continue to sin but rather to do right and love one another (1 John 3:7-11).
GOD GIVES US THE GRACE TO OVERCOME THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL.
by Dr Gregory Magruder | May 19, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 05/19/19
“Sealed with the Spirit"
INTRODUCTION: We receive the Spirit through a spiritual birth. Jesus described the new birth by the Holy Spirit in John 3:1-8. The Holy Spirit regenerates and seals us at the moment of salvation. Paul describes this process in Ephesians 1:13-14: In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. What is the seal of the Holy Spirit? The seal of the Holy Spirit marks God’s ownership of us and guarantees our security in salvation.
THE HOLY SPIRIT COMPLETES MY SALVATION.
*When I believe Jesus is the Risen Lord and accept his forgiveness (Romans 10:9-10), the Holy Spirit enters my life and marks me as a newborn child of God. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13).
*The Holy Spirit is given to me as a foretaste of the life to come. He is my guarantee or down payment on a future inheritance. The word “arrabon” means “earnest, deposit, pledge.” You ‘were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory” (Eph. 1:14).
*The seal of the Holy Spirit guarantees our salvation. The Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives guarantees our future hope. “And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
The Holy Spirit is the down payment and seal of my final redemption.
THE HOLY SPIRIT CONFIRMS MY IDENTITY.
*The seal of the Spirit is God’s mark of ownership on me. I am a child of God. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ”(Romans 8:15-16).
*A seal authenticates and completes a contract. The seal of the Spirit marks the genuineness of my new birth. It is the proof of my identity. My salvation is a done deal. “And I bought the field at Anathoth from Hanamel my cousin, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales. Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions and the open copy. And I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch… in the presence of Hanamel my cousin, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase” (Jeremiah 32:9-12).
The presence of the Holy Spirit in my life proves I am a child of God.
THE HOLY SPIRIT CONSOLES MY INSECURITY.
*The Holy Spirit gives me assurance of my salvation. God knows me, loves me, and seals me with his inscription. I know who I am and I can rest in peace and contentment in Christ. “But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19).
*The Holy Spirit gives me security in my relationship with God. God sealed us and no one can unseal us. No one can remove his seal. We may grieve the Spirit of God but our eternal salvation is secure. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).
I am signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit.
by Dr Gregory Magruder | May 12, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 05/12/19
INTRODUCTION: God uses godly women. In the Old Testament, women like Miriam and Deborah excelled in leadership. Ruth and Hannah provide models of faith and motherhood. Esther shows courage in the face of evil. In the New Testament, Mary and Elizabeth obey the word of the Lord and Messiah is born. We see Jesus treat women with compassion and allow them to travel with his team as he ministered (Matthew 27:55-56). Mary and Martha are among Jesus’ closest friends. Women are the last at the cross, first at the tomb, and the first to proclaim the resurrection (Matt. 28:8) A woman is the first European convert (Acts 16:14). Women are important in God’s plans. Women are equal in God’s purposes. God uses godly women.
GODLY WOMEN ARE EQUAL IN SALVATION.
- We are all one in Christ Jesus. “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28).
- Women of faith pass their faith on to the next generation. “As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:4-7).
GODLY WOMEN ARE EQUAL IN GIFTS.
- God gave his Spirit and gifts to men and women. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy…And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’” (Acts 2:16-21).
GODLY WOMEN ARE EQUAL IN SERVICE.
- Women served as deacons – “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant [deacon] of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well” (Romans 16:1-2).
- Women served as preachers – “On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied (Acts 21:8-9).
- Women served as church planters and workers. “Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house…Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me…Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well” (Romans 16:3-13).
God uses godly women. Are you a godly woman? Do you follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
by Dr Gregory Magruder | May 5, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 05/05/19
INTRODUCTION: We celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. The Risen Lord Jesus appeared to his followers many times over a period of 40 days. During that time Jesus prepared his disciples for something new, the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that he would give the Spirit to his followers. We receive the Spirit through a spiritual birth. We read about this is John 3:1-8.
JESUS CONQUERED DEATH AND GIVES ETERNAL LIFE.
*Jesus claimed to be the resurrection and life (John 11:17-27). “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life’” (John 11:25).
*The Risen Jesus destroyed death and gave immortality and life. “Our Savior Christ Jesus…abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (1 Timothy 1:10).
*Jesus gives us eternal life. “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12)
THE RISEN LORD GIVES US REGENERATION OR NEW BIRTH.
*Jesus says that to enter heaven we must be born again. Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
*The prophets predicted that God’s people would get a new heart. “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you…And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules”(Ezekiel 36:26-27).
*We enter the family of God through a spiritual birth from above. “But to all who did receive him [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).
*We are spiritually dead and need regeneration. Regeneration makes us spiritually alive in Christ. “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked…and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:1-5).
*Regeneration brings us salvation. “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior (Titus 3:3-6).
THE RESURRECTION POWER OF JESUS MAKES US A NEW CREATION.
*Jesus Christ makes me a new person inside (2 Corinthians 5:14-21). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).
*The Holy Spirit plants an eternal seed inside my life. “Love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Peter 1:22-23).
*I can now put off the old nature of sin and self and put on the new nature of Christ (Colossians 3:1-17). “You have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator” (Col. 3:9-10).
*My new life in Christ means that I now can have the mind of Christ.
- I can choose to set my mind on things above (Colossians 3:1-4).
- I can renew my mind (Romans 12:1-2).
- I now have the mind of the Spirit (Romans 5:5-11).
- My life in Christ gives me a spiritually discerning mind (1 Corinthians 2:14-16).
Every follower of Jesus Christ must be born again by the Spirit.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
by Dr Gregory Magruder | April 28, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 04/28/19
“The Promise of the Spirit"
INTRODUCTION: We have just celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. The Risen Lord Jesus appeared to his followers many times over a period of 40 days. During that time Jesus prepared his disciples for something new, the coming of the Holy Spirit. Today we begin a new series on the Holy Spirit. You may have heard of the Holy Spirit, but you do not know him personally. Many Christians know about the Holy Spirit but have no conscious awareness of him in their lives. As one teenager asked me one time, “Is the Holy Spirit a he or an it?” The Holy Spirit completes the work of Jesus. He is the Spirit of Jesus and wants to fill your life. Jesus promised the Spirit in John 20:19-23.
JESUS CHRIST GAVE HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO US.
*Why is the resurrection important? Jesus is alive and promises his Spirit to each one of us. “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:21-22).
The Risen Lord gives us
Jesus promised that the Spirit would give us the power to do his will.
THE HOLY SPIRIT COMPLETES THE MINISTRY OF JESUS.
*John the Baptist described Jesus as the Lamb of God and the Baptizer. Jesus, the Son of God, came to die as the final sacrifice for forgiveness of sins and as the one who would baptize his followers with the Holy Spirit. “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world…I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God’” (John 1:29-34).
The Holy Spirit would complete the work that Jesus began.
THE HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLS AND EMPOWERS BELIEVERS.
*Jesus told the woman at the well that the Holy Spirit will provide spiritual life that lasts forever. “Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
*Every believer has the promise that the Holy Spirit will be given to him by Jesus Christ and will be an endless supply of power. On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37-39).
*Jesus had to leave this earth so the Holy Spirit could continue his work. The Holy Spirit is
- Our Comforter (John 14:15-16).
- Our Guide (14:17)
- Our God (14:15-16)
- Our Righteous Judge (16:8)
- Our Teacher (16:13-14).
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell us, instruct us and empower us.
JESUS MULTIPLIES HIS WORK THROUGH THE SPIRIT & US.
*The Risen Lord breathed out the Holy Spirit on his disciples. As the Lamb of God he broke the power of sin and gave us eternal life. As the Baptizer he gives us the power to live abundantly and continue his ministry. “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:21-22).
*The Holy Spirit uses God’s people to do more than Jesus could do alone.
Do you know Jesus? Do you have his life within you?
by Dr Gregory Magruder | April 21, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 04/21/19
INTRODUCTION: How do you respond when your walls of security come crashing down? What do you do when your ceiling of safety collapses around you? How do you recover when your dreams go up in flames? When you are standing in the debris of shattered relationships and ambitions, how do you move forward? The answer is hope. Hope is the confident expectation of obtaining something good in the future. Writing from prison, the Apostle Paul told the believers in Ephesus that “you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call” (Ephesians 4:4). Christians have hope because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter brings hope.
EASTER BRINGS THE HOPE OF DELIVERANCE.
*Christians have been given hope because of their faith in Jesus. Jesus is our hope and our deliverer. “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:4-6).
*Paul defines the call to hope in Ephesians 1:15-18. God gives an external call to salvation, to believe the Good News about Jesus and receive forgiveness of sins. The Holy Spirit gives an internal call to accept what Jesus did for us on the Cross and experience deliverance. “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you.”
We can be delivered whatever our circumstances, pain, or sins may be.
EASTER BRINGS THE HOPE OF A BETTER DAY.
*We have hope because we have a future. Christians have an inheritance along with all the other believers in Christ. Paul prays “that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (Eph. 1:18).
*God has promised us a better day and the riches of his blessings. God has
promised “what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (Eph. 1:18).
Our hope for a better day is firmly based on the unfailing promises of God.
EASTER BRINGS THE HOPE OF RISING AGAIN.
*The power of God is needed to experience the hope and obtain the inheritance. We have the power to live life to the fullest and to receive the future promises of God because we have the Holy Spirit living in us. Paul prays “that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places (Eph. 1:8-20).
*The Holy Spirit provides us with the same resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead. The Holy Spirit
- gives us the power to live each day in victory.
- will give us the future inheritance we have in Christ.
- will give us the power to conquer the grave and rise again with Christ.
Jesus Christ brings us salvation, resurrection life, and future hope.
OUR ONE HOPE IS JESUS. JESUS CHRIST BRINGS HOPE.
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