“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 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.”
We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
“When it comes to the Holy Spirit, churches are either cemeteries or insane asylums.”
First: The Holy Spirit is not a force, but a person—the third person of the Trinity.
Second: The Holy Spirit is the member of the Trinity who applies Jesus’s work of salvation to us by grace through faith.
Consequently, the Holy Spirit does not indwell everyone. He only dwells within believers, but he dwells within all true believers from the moment of salvation.
Third: The Holy Spirit inspired the Scriptures. In order to be filled with the Spirit, we must be filled with the Scriptures.
The Spirit-Driven Life Pursues the Glory of Jesus Christ
Jesus was clear about the purpose of the Spirit, and to sum it up: the ultimate purpose of the Spirit of God in all things, even in the giving of gifts, is to glorify the Son of God.
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
The Spirit-Driven Life Pursues Heart Transformation
There is a positional holiness and a progressive holiness that we need to be sure not to confuse.
Positional holiness, or holiness, is given to us the moment we are made new in Christ.
Progressive holiness is different. We come into this holiness as newborn babies in Christ and must grow up in him, becoming more and more like him.
Robert Murray McCheyne
“Lord, make me as holy as it is possible for a saved sinner to be.”
The Spirit-Driven Life Pursues Unity in the Church
What is interesting is that Jesus prays for the disciples and for those who would become believers in the future to be unified… together.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
Notice the purpose—that the world would believe that Jesus is the sent Son of God.
Paul understands that the success of the mission of church is necessarily connected to the unity of the church.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
The Spirit driven life is a life that pursues unity. What does this look like?
- Pursuing unity means we pursue Christ first.
- Pursuing unity means we don’t allow pride to stall reconciliation.
- Pursuing unity means we do not hold grudges.
- Pursuing unity means we aim to quickly resolve conflict in the body of Christ.
- Pursuing unity means we lay down our rights and deny ourselves for the sake of our brothers and sisters.
The goal of pursuing unity is not happiness but holiness in the mission of glorifying Christ in the world—the good news of the gospel is at stake.
The Spirit-Driven Life Pursues the Mission of God
The last charge of Jesus to disciples was a missional charge—he was sending them out into the world to make more disciples.
“So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ ”
This quick run through the beginning chapters of Acts shows us that the filling of the Spirit in believers results in the sending of believers in the power of the Spirit to make much of Jesus in the world.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
“Then he said to me, ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.’ ”